Ground Source Heat Pumps Installation

Looking to cut out your carbon emissions and save money in the long term? Ground Source Heat Pumps supplied and fitted by Finbra are an efficient way to save energy and money.


What is a ground source heat pump?

Ground source heat pumps are an environmentally friendly alternative to heating your home to conventional heating systems. A ground source heat pump extracts heat from the ground to provide your home with heat. Ground source heat pumps can be used to heat up radiators, underfloor heating, as well as provide all your hot water requirements.

Finbra features a full range of plumbing, heating, and installation solutions in Woodbridge and surrounding areas. Call us today on 01394 460333 for a free quote.

What is a ground source heat pump?

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Not every property is suitable to have a ground source heat pump installed. Before taking the plunge, there are 5 key things you will need to consider:

Local Ground Source Heat Pumps Installers Near You

Not every property is suitable to have a ground source heat pump installed. Before taking the plunge, there are 5 key things you will need to consider:

Size of your property

Size of your property

You will need a qualified ground source heat installer to visit your property to determine if you have enough outdoor space required to install a ground source heat pump.

Install the pipes

Install the pipes

Our qualified contractor will then install the pipes underneath the ground, which will house the water and antifreeze solution to act as a heat exchanger.



The insulation of your property will need to be assessed, as good insulation is required for the ground source heat pump to work efficiently.

Install the heat pump

Install the heat pump

We will then install the heat pump to the ground loop and do a test run of your ground source heat pump. After it has been installed, your new heat pump will need to be tested and commissioned.

If you wish to install a ground source heat pump to your property, you will need to register the energy device with your Distribution Network Operator, who is responsible for bringing electricity to your home. One of our qualified installers will do that for you.

The benefits of a heat pump

Heat pumps have a wide range of benefits, from reducing your carbon footprint to potentially saving money on your energy bills. Discover how a heat pump could benefit you:

Renewable energy option
Renewable energy option

As a renewable energy source, they are a great option for households looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

Reduced running costs
Reduced running costs

Around four times more efficient than a boiler, heat pumps can significantly reduce your energy bills.

Eligible for RHI payments
Pay No VAT for 5 Years

VAT on heat pumps installations has been cut from 5% to zero, for five years from April 1st 2022.

Up to 400% efficient
Up to 400% efficient

Generating more energy than they use, ground source heat pumps are an extremely efficient heat source.

How do ground source heat pumps work

How do ground source heat pumps work?

Ground source heat pumps use pipes that are buried underneath the ground to extract the natural heat which occurs in the ground. The now fluid form of the heat is then passed through a compressor that raises it to a high temperature, as by default the heat found underneath the ground isn’t hot enough to heat your home. Once the heat is at the desired temperature, it is then ready to be sent to your home to heat up your radiator or underfloor heating.

The heat which isn’t used is stored in a hot water cylinder, which can be used for baths, taps and showers. This process is continued as the cooled ground loop fluid is passed back underneath the ground, where further heat is absorbed from the ground and used again for heating up your home when required. A ground source heat pump can increase the temperature from the ground to around 50 degrees.

Advantages and disadvantages of ground source heat pumps


  • Energy efficient

  • Low maintenance costs

  • Low running costs

  • Quieter than gas boilers and air source heat pumps

  • Environmentally friendly

  • Long lifespan

  • Could be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive Grant


  • Up-front costs are high

  • Garden space required

  • More expensive to install than air source heat pumps

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Is a ground source heat pump suitable for your home?

Ground source heat pumps are not suitable for all homes. The most important factor is needing a big enough garden which is suitable for digging and installing the pipes and ground loop. When it comes to installing ground source heat pumps underground, it can be done in 2 methods; vertically or horizontally. Each method will still take up a considerable amount of space.

You will need to ensure your home is well insulated, due to the nature of how the ground source heat pumps work. As they work best when producing heat at low temperatures compared to traditional boilers. A well-insulated home will be effective when having this type of heating system installed.

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Ground Source Heat Pump Maintenance and Servicing

Ground source heat pumps typically come With a warranty of up to 7 years depending on the manufacturer. Once installed, the ground source heat pump piping system itself typically has a life span of 50 to 100 years. The heat pump can run for around 20 to 25 years. You’ll get the most out of your ground source heat pump, providing they are annually serviced. Otherwise, it can be running inefficiently with increased costs - the worst-case scenario being the premature failure of the ground source heat pump.

Our expert team can help you with your annual ground source heat pump service, to ensure your ground source heat pump is performing as efficiently as possible. Our ground source heat pump servicing include:

  • Checking the water pump, pipes and connectors which are above the ground

  • The water pump is working as expected

  • Antifreeze within the system is checked

  • Heating checks


Planning Permission Required For Ground Source Heat Pumps?

Installing ground source heat pumps typically is allowed as permitted developments. To be 100% confident, ensure you check with your local authority first to find out if you need planning permission or not.

Contact us for more information and if you would like to discuss installing a ground source heat pump to your property.

Planning Permission Required For Ground Source Heat Pumps

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