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Last updated: 26 July 2019

Guide: Is Ground Source Heat Pump a Good Heating Alternative for Your Home?

Find out If You Should Have a Heat Pump

The Guide is designed as a checklist that will help you navigate through the main considerations when choosing the optimal heating solution for your home in a few easy steps. Keep in mind that before deciding upon ground source heat pump, you need to check with the Local Authority Building Control department and the Local Authority Planning Department whether your property complies with the local building regulations.

Nevertheless, since December 2011, air source heat pumps are considered a permitted development that does not require an application for planning permission if your case is consistent with MCS Planning Standards or equivalent standards.

If your house complies the local building regulations and you must decide which type of heat pump to install, it is recommended that you also contact an approved MCS installer for further guidance on home and garden characteristics, cost and possible grants.

Remember that only England, Wales and Scotland are eligible for government grants and that opportunity for geothermal energy is possible only on selected locations.

GreenMatch provides you with a free of charge and with no obligation service that allows you to request quotes and compare different systems so that you can find the most suitable for you. Just fill in the form on the right to request offers.

Guide: Check Your Options in a Few Easy Steps

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The insulation of the building is the most important step because it is a prerequisite for your home to be optimally heated. You can easily check if you need to make further energy efficiency improvements by using the Home Energy Check online tool.

Heat Pumps: Good to Know

If you need to replace your existing heating system or need to make costly maintenance, it might be a better idea to invest in a heat pump instead.

If you have found out that your property is consistent with the building regulations mentioned in the guide above, keep in mind that a heat pump is considered a cost effective alternative to conventional heating systems like a furnace, LPG, electric, oil or coal heaters. Though they are not recommended for properties that have installed gas systems.

Heat pumps are cheaper when planned as part of new construction than when installing as replacement of old conventional heating systems. That is because in order to provide the same level of heating they often need to be combined either with underfloor heating or with well-functioning radiators.

When compared, the air source heat pumps are less costly and easier to install than the ground source heat pumps. Both air source heat pump and ground heat pump can provide heating and hot water. In the guide, we have pointed a price minimum for buying and installing a ground source heat pump based on average figures for 2013. However, prices vary between installers and we encourage you to to get quotes from more than one company. An easy way to receive up to four offers is by filling in the form on this site.

Once in place, the heat pump will require little maintenance. A definite incentive for the owners, who want to install heat pumps is the cheaper Economy 7 tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).