Ground Source Heat Pump Installation

B. A. Boyle and Son are pleased to offer a professional ground source heat pump installation service, delivered by our fully qualified renewable heating systems specialists.

Ground Source Heat Pumps, Suffolk
A Reliable & Efficient Way to Heat Your Home

Ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) are one of the most efficient renewable heating systems available here in the UK, with the potential to significantly reduce your heating bills. A ground source heat pump installation is a great way to futureproof your property against rising energy prices, allowing you to generate up to four times as much heat as the electrical energy required to power the heat pump. Ground source heat pumps are low maintenance systems that can operate at temperatures below -15°C, making them a reliable renewable heating solution for your home.

Both new and existing properties can benefit from our ground source heat pump installation service. While properties that currently rely on expensive heating fuels such as electricity, oil, or LPG will see the greatest financial savings, well-insulated properties that are connected to the gas grid can also benefit from the energy-saving potential of a ground source heat pump.

Whether you are building a new property, renovating, or simply looking to transition to a more sustainable heating system, our experienced ground source heat pump installers will work with you to deliver a high-quality solution that is tailored to your household’s specific heating requirements. So, if you are located in the Suffolk area and interested in our ground source heat pump installation service, contact us today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our fully qualified renewable heating systems specialists.

How do Ground Source Heat Pumps Work?

Ground source heat pumps use electricity to extract naturally occurring geothermal heat energy from the ground. Here in the UK, the temperature a couple of metres below the surface is a fairly stable 7-12°C – warm enough to generate enough heat to fulfil your central heating and hot water needs.

Heat is extracted by passing a liquid (typically water with antifreeze) through pipework buried beneath your garden. The liquid absorbs warmth from the ground as it moves, which is then extracted by the heat pump unit. A compressor is used to raise the temperature of the fluid, before transferring the heat to the body of water that circulates your central heating system via a heat exchanger.

Heat pumps produce heat at lower temperatures than traditional heating systems, meaning larger radiators or underfloor heating may be required to maximise heat distribution throughout your property. That said, even when the temperature outside drops below freezing, a ground source heat pump can still generate enough heat to fulfil your heating and hot water needs.

Types of Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground source heat pump systems can be installed horizontally or vertically, depending on the size of your property:

Horizontal Loop Systems

In a horizontal loop system, pipework is laid horizontally in trenches. Horizontal loop systems require more outdoor space (typically at least three times your total floor area) but are cheaper to install than vertical borehole systems. 

Vertical Borehole Systems

Vertical borehole systems are an option for properties with insufficient outdoor space to install a horizontal loop system. Pipework is laid vertically in deep boreholes which require relatively little space, although specialist drilling equipment is necessary.

Ground Source Heat Pump Installation Process

We understand that designing and installing a ground source heat pump can be a daunting process. To help you prepare, here is an overview of what to expect from our ground source heat pump installation service:

Initial Consultation
Contact us over the phone or by filling out our online form to arrange a free, no-obligation ground source heat pump installation consultation with a member of our team. Our renewable heating systems specialists will answer any questions you may have and work with you to establish a plan of action moving forwards.
Assessment
Our renewable heating systems specialists will assess your property to determine whether a ground source heat pump is right for you. We’ll evaluate your property’s insulation, heating requirements, current heating system, accessibility, and surrounding space so that we can design and specify your new ground source heating system.
Planning
In comparison to other domestic heating systems, a ground source heat pump installation requires a considerable amount of planning. Our renewable heating systems specialists will design and specify a ground source heating system that’s tailored to your household’s heating requirements and schedule the installation at a time that suits you.
Pipework Installation
The physical installation process begins with digging trenches or drilling boreholes and laying the pipework. This is the messiest part of the installation process, but our experienced ground source heat pump installers will clean up after themselves and ensure that the work is completed as tidily and efficiently as possible.
Ground Source Heat Pump Installation
Our fully qualified heat pump installers will install and set up your new ground source heat pump, making sure that everything works correctly and is safe to use. The heat pump unit will be installed inside your property and connected to your electrical power and heating system. If you have an existing heating system, it will need to be disconnected while your new heat pump is installed.
Handover & Maintenance Tips
Our experienced installers won’t rush off the second your ground source heat pump installation is complete – instead, they’ll show you how to work the controls and offer advice on how to keep your new ground source heat pump in optimum working condition.

Benefits of Installing a Ground Source Heat Pump

Our ground source heat pump installation service offers many benefits, from greater sustainability to lower operational costs than other domestic heating systems.

Energy Efficient
Highly efficient source of heat and hot water
Environmentally Friendly
Lower your household’s carbon footprint
Forward Thinking
Renewable technologies are the energy of the future
Lower Energy Bills
Futureproof your property against rising energy bills
Quiet Operation
Unintrusive heating system with low noise levels
No More Fuel Deliveries
No need to store large quantities of heating fuels
Low Maintenance
Easy to maintain with a typical lifespan of over twenty years
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Installed by our qualified heat pump installers

Ground Source Heat Pump Servicing & Maintenance

Following your ground source heat pump installation, regular servicing and maintenance can help prevent breakdowns and prolong the lifespan of your heat pump.

Besides visual inspections to check for leaks, corrosion, or lost pressure, we recommended a professional annual service to ensure optimal performance. Likewise, if you encounter a problem that can’t be identified visually, you should contact a qualified engineer to diagnose and repair the issue.

In comparison to other domestic heating systems, ground source heat pumps require little maintenance and typically have a lifespan of over twenty years. If you do experience any issues, our responsive team of renewable heating systems specialists will go above and beyond to devise an effective solution, ensuring you’re not left in the cold.

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B. A. Boyle and Son LTD based in Ipswich, Suffolk, is a family-run company with over 45 years worth of experience in home improvements and maintenance.

Our renewable heating systems specialists have worked tirelessly to develop the required knowledge and skills to successfully fit and install a range of sustainable heating systems, designed to effectively and efficiently meet our client’s needs. Our team’s shared passion for quality and dedication to our customers places us amongst the top ground source heat pump installers in East Anglia.

Book a free, no-obligation consultation today to discover the excellent rates, outstanding quality of workmanship, and unrivalled expertise that earned our five-star rating.

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FAQs

Is a ground source heat pump suitable for my home?

Both new and existing homes can benefit from the efficiency of a ground source heat pump. That said, if you’re thinking about installing a ground source heat pump, there are some important factors to consider. These considerations will help ensure that your ground source heat pump installation process goes smoothly. When looking to install a ground source heat pump you should ask yourself the following questions:

- Does my property have enough outdoor space to install a horizontal loop system? Or will I need a more expensive vertical borehole system installed?
- Is my property well-insulated to ensure efficiency and low running costs?
- What type of heating system does my property currently have? Ground source heating systems produce heat at a lower temperature than traditional central heating systems, so you may also need to install bigger radiators or underfloor heating to maximise heat distribution throughout your property.
- Is my motive to create a more sustainable home, or to simply save money? If your main goal is to see a return on your financial investment, you should consider the age of your property and whether or not you have access to mains gas, as ground source heat pump installations make most financial sense in properties that are well-insulated and/or rely on expensive heating fuels.

For further information about our ground source heat pump installation service, or to discuss your specific requirements with a qualified ground source heat pump installer, contact B. A. Boyle and Son today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.

Do ground source heat pumps still work in cold weather?

Yes – a ground source heat pump will work effectively throughout the year, even in cold weather. Ground source heat pumps use buried pipes to extract heat from the ground where the annual temperature is more stable as it is less affected by ambient air temperatures. While it might feel cold outside, your ground source heat pump will still be able to generate enough heat to fulfil your household’s heating and hot water requirements. Although your heat pump will require more electricity to extract the same amount of heat in colder conditions, ground source heat pumps remain one of the most efficient ways to heat your home all year round.

For more information about the efficiency of our ground source heat pumps, contact us today to arrange a free no-obligation consultation with one of our qualified heat pump installers.

How much does a ground source heat pump cost to install?

The cost of installing a ground source heat pump is dependent on numerous factors, including the size of your property, whether your property is a new-build or an older building with an existing heating system, and whether you require a horizontal or vertical borehole system. In addition to the cost of a ground source heat pump installation, you should factor in the cost of investing in better insulation and removing and/or upgrading elements of your existing heating system. This might include installing larger radiators or underfloor heating, as heat pumps produce heat at a lower temperature than traditional heating systems, meaning a bigger surface area is required to ensure sufficient heat distribution.

While a ground source heat pump installation requires a relatively substantial upfront investment, you should not be put off by the initial cost. When designed and installed by a qualified heat pump installer, ground source heat pumps can be an extremely efficient and cost-saving heating system for your home, especially as fuel prices continue to rise. For a more specific estimate regarding how much a ground source heat pump installation might cost you, contact B. A. Boyle and Son today – our experienced team will be happy to help.

How much space do I need to install a ground source heat pump?

You don’t need an enormous amount of space for a ground source heat pump installation but you do need land that is suitable for digging trenches or drilling boreholes. There are two types of ground source heat pump systems: horizontal loop systems and vertical borehole systems. Horizontal loop systems require the most space – typically at least three times your total floor area (all floors included). Vertical borehole systems can be installed on smaller plots but are more expensive and the borehole(s) must be sited a sufficient distance away from your property. You will also need space inside your home for the indoor heat pump unit, which often contains the hot water cylinder and is roughly the size of an American-style fridge.

B. A. Boyle’s experienced renewable heating systems specialists are fully qualified to design and install a variety of renewable heating solutions for your home, including ground source heat pumps. So, if you are located in the Suffolk area and considering a ground source heat pump installation, contact us today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our friendly team.

What maintenance does a ground source heat pump require after installation?

Ground source heat pumps require little maintenance in comparison to other domestic heating systems and typically have a lifespan of twenty years or more. Our qualified heat pump installers will show you how to adjust the controls and check for leaks, corrosion, or lost pressure. Non-visual maintenance, such as checking the condition of the fluid in the ground loop, should be carried out by a suitably qualified and experienced engineer. Besides visual inspections, it’s recommended that you get your heat pump professionally serviced once a year to ensure optimal performance. Likewise, if you encounter any problems that can’t be identified with a visual inspection, you should contact a qualified engineer to diagnose and repair the issue.

B. A. Boyle and Son are committed to installing quality products from reputable manufacturers to the highest possible standard – contact us today to arrange a free no-obligation consultation with one of our qualified ground source heat pump installers.