If you've decided to put a heat pump in your home, you'll need to think about a lot of things before you can finish the job.
Not only will you have to consider the expenses and benefits of installing a heat pump, but you'll also have to select between the two most frequent installation options.
You'll have to determine whether you want an air or ground source heat pump installed in your property. So, here's a quick rundown to assist you in making an informed decision.
How do Heat Pumps work?
In their most basic form, heat pumps absorb heat from a certain source and convert it to a liquid. This is then compressed even more to raise the temperature before the heat is transferred from the liquid to water, providing warmth to a building (either through radiators or underfloor heating).
With this in mind, the primary distinction between air and ground source heat pumps is where the heat is drawn from. For example, air-source heat pumps take heat from the air, whereas ground source heat pumps extract heat from the ground.
This may influence your ultimate decision, as not all properties are equipped to absorb and transfer heat from a ground source.
What about the price?
As can be seen, the technologies that underpin these heat pumps, as well as how they operate, are undoubtedly comparable.
However, the same concept does not apply to the cost of these installations, with an air source heat pump costing between £6,000 and £8,000 on average.
A ground source heat pump installation, on the other hand, can cost up to 100% more, with prices ranging from £10,000 to £18,000. This is mostly due to the cost of installing a ground loop on your property, which may or may not be feasible depending on its location.
While this is likely to be a major consideration in your decision, keep in mind that ground source heat pumps are more efficient at heating your home.
This will result in significant energy savings over time, potentially allowing you to return the initial cost of installing your ground source heat pump after a set period of time.
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