Plumbing and Heating Experts in Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire
L.H. Cook Plumbing & Heating Ltd can now offer a large range of renewable energy options. Renewable heat is an application of renewable energy and it refers to the renewable generation of heat, rather than electrical power (e.g. replacing a fossil fuel boiler using concentrating solar thermal to feed radiators). Renewable heat technologies include renewable biofuels, solar heating, geothermal heating, heat pumps and heat exchangers to recover lost heat. Significant attention is also applied to insulation.
Ground Source Heat Pumps
A ground source heat pump system harnesses natural heat from underground by pumping water through it in pipes. The heat pump then increases the temperature, and the heat is used to provide home heating or hot water. They need electricity to run, but the idea is that they use less electrical energy than the heat they produce. The pump performs the same role as a boiler in a central heating system. But it uses ambient heat from the ground, rather than burning fuel to generate heat.
Ground source heat pump systems are made up of a ground loop (a network of water pipes buried underground) and a heat pump at ground level. You’ll need plenty of space for the system to be installed – generally a garden that’s accessible for digging machinery. How big the ground loop needs to be depends on how big your home is and how much heat you need.
Air Source Heat Pumps
Air source pumps serve as an alternative way to heat your home, and could be the ideal solution if you want to generate your own heat and potentially save money on your energy bills. There are other options available if you want to generate your own heat, however, such as wood burning stoves and solar panels. Heat pumps can save you more on your heating bills if you’re replacing an electric, oil, LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) or coal system, rather than gas. But remember, a well-insulated home is essential – otherwise the heat the pump is generating escapes more easily.
An air source heat pump is usually placed outdoors at the side or back of a property. It takes heat from the air and boosts it to a higher temperature using a heat pump. The pump needs electricity to run, but it should use less electrical energy than the heat it produces.
Many air source heat pumps are eligible for payment through the Renewable Heat Incentive, a government scheme that provides payments to homeowners who generate their own heat.