A ground source heat pump is a fantastic way to heat your home whilst saving money on your energy bills as well as reducing your carbon footprint. But as they are still a new technology compared to conventional heating solutions, people often make mistakes that can leave them paying more than they need to or using their heat pump inefficiently.
Find out the top 4 ground source heat pump mistakes and how to avoid them so your heat pump works exactly as it should.
1. Buying a heat pump with a too low or too high output power
If the ground source heat pump’s output power is too high or too low, you can end up spending a lot more on electricity than you need to.
To avoid this happening to you, ask the installer to calculate how much power is needed in relation to the heat loss of the house when they first come to give you quote. This way, you can make sure you don’t buy a heat pump that is too powerful for your needs.
2. Using a weak ground sourced collector
Ensure that your installer makes calculations for the heat pump itself and the collector. If they don’t, you could end up with a collector that is too small and you won’t get the best results.
3. Installing a heat pump in replacement of a conventional boiler
Ground source heat pumps can generate heat from the ground even when it’s cold outside, so you don’t need to have a heat pump that has the same power as your boiler.
However, on very cold days you might find that the heat pump can’t provide you with the high temperatures you may need, so you should keep your original source of heating as a back-up.
In milder parts of the country, you may find you rarely rely on your old boiler.
4. Not choosing a reliable contractor
The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to ground source heat pumps is not choosing an experienced installer. If your heat pump is not installed perfectly, you can end up with huge repair bills as most of the parts of the pump are underground.
Make sure you compare a range of quotes from different contractors. Any reputable engineer will be able to offer you a warranty. Ask for references and reviews so you can make an informed decision about which installer to choose.
Source: Heat Pump Project
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