What are ground source heat pumps?
Ground source heat pumps collect energy stored in the earth or in the air and use it to heat water in a cylinder for distribution to taps, appliances and radiators. They can also cool the house in summer. This is the most advanced technology available for home heating, hot water and cooling. Because the earth itself ‘stores’ energy it is an extremely reliable and constant energy source, it creates no harmful emissions and uses a very small amount of electricity to drive the pumps themselves.
How do they work?
A heat pump works in the same way as a refrigerator, but in reverse. The collection system consists of either a single deep borehole in the garden or, where space permits, a looped array of pipes buried about 1.2 metres below the surface can be used. The ground source heat pump then extracts heat stored in the earth. This low temperature energy passes through a CFC-free refrigerant cycle which converts it into higher temperatures to heat the home. In summer, with an underfloor heating system connected to the heat pump this cycle is reversed, cooling the room to a comfortable temperature. If you're considering having a ground source heat pump installed you may be eligible for a grant through the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.
A & L Services Ltd was established by Alan Watson in 2004 after around twenty years successfully working as a professional Plumber and Heating Engineer.The growth of the business since becoming a Limited Company has meant that A & L can now concentrate greater resources into serving its local domestic customers. As part of our continuing growth, we have taken on additional well qualified Engineers who have the right skills and the right attitude to reinforce and continue to build our reputation as a friendly, professional and excellent value-for-money heating and plumbing company.
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