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Ground Source Heat Pump Installers

Nick Geary
By: Nick Geary
Updated: 17th June 2022

Ground Source Heat Pump Installation

Ground source heat pumps extract renewable energy from the ground to heat a property. Heating your home in this way will help to lower your carbon footprint and also potentially lower your heating bills.

To carry out the ground source heat pump installation, you'll need a fully-qualified ground source heat pump installer.

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Ready to get quotes from local ground source heat pump installers? Complete our simple online form and we'll take care of the rest.

Using the information provided in the form, we'll match you with up to 3 suitably qualified installers. Each installer will give you a free quote for you to then compare. Taking time to compare at least 3 quotes will give you the best possible chance to get the most competitive price.


How to choose a ground source heat pump installer

Finding the right ground source heat pump installer isn't all about the price of the installation. Never just go with the cheapest quotes. There's plenty more involved to make sure that you're hiring the right company for the job.

1. Request ground source heat pump quotes

First and foremost, you need to request ground source heat pump installation quotes. The easiest way to do that is right here on Boiler Guide. By completing our simple online form, we'll match you with up to 3 local ground source heat pump installers. Each will provide a free no-obligation quote.

2. Compare quotes – ask lots of questions!

One you have your quotes, it's time to compare them. To make sure that each quote is well rounded you need to ask plenty of questions. Some examples that you'll want to ask include:

  • Is your business MCS certified?
  • What size heat pump will I need?
  • Will the ground source heat pump be able to heat my property on its own or will I need a hybrid heating system?
  • Is my existing heat distribution network suitable?
  • Does my property need additional insulation?
  • How will I be able to control the heat pump?
  • Do you offer a warranty period?
  • Is your company insured?
  • How much maintenance will the heat pump need?
  • How long will the installation take?

3. Check their accreditations and experience

The installation of any type of heating system should be performed by a qualified professional. In the case of ground source heat pumps, this means looking out for MCS certification. MCS stands for Microgeneration Certification Scheme and is necessary if you plan to apply for the Green Homes Grant or Renewable Heat Incentive.

As well as accreditations, you should also find out more about their previous work through reviews and testimonials.

4. Request testimonials from previous customers

There's no better way to find out if you're hiring the right ground source heat pump installer than by hearing what their previous customers have to say. You can do your own online research by reading reviews but you might also want to ask them for testimonials.

Taking the time to read through reviews and testimonials is particularly important if one company offers a quote considerably lower than the others. More often than not, a very low quote is too good to be true.

5. Make sure they are insured

The importance of making sure that your installer is insured can't be understated. This means that in the unlikely event that something goes wrong with the installation, you're covered.

When getting quotes from heat pump installers, ask if they have Public Liability Insurance. If not then you shouldn't hire them. This form of insurance gives you protection if any damage is caused as a result of the installation.

6. Get your chosen quote in writing

Don't forget this! Be sure to get each and every quote you receive for the ground source heat pump installation in writing. While the final cost could differ from the initial quote, a quote from an experienced professional won't be far off what you end up paying. Having the quote in writing will mean that you and the installer are on the same page throughout the installation.

7. Set a date for your ground source heat pump installation

Booking your ground source heat pump installation in for a specific date should be a high priority. Before you know it, the installer could be all booked up and you'll have to wait that bit longer to heat your home with renewables. So agree a date with the installer early on. It's also worth getting a timeframe so you know when to expect the work to be completed too.

How are ground source heat pumps installed?

The heat pump itself can be fitted without much of a problem. It's when burying the underground pipe network that the installation can become disruptive.

Ground source heat pump pipes can be buried in either a horizontal trench or vertical borehole. A horizontal trench is the shallowest option but much more space is needed as it covers a larger surface area. Pipes in a vertical trench go much deeper (where temperatures are higher) and don't stretch out as wide. A vertical borehole is likely to be the more expensive option but will prove more efficient.

The installation of a ground source heat pump from start to finish can take up to 3-4 days. This will vary depending on the complexity of the installation and the size of the team installing the heat pump.

Ground source heat pump installation costs

Ground source heat pump cost

On average, a ground source heat pump is likely to cost between £8,000 and £12,000. However, this is before considering the installation which could take prices to £18,000 and beyond. This makes ground source heat pumps a considerable investment, especially when compared to conventional boilers.

Ahead of the installation of the ground source heat pump, you may also need a new heat distribution system, a hot water cylinder and increased insulation.

Ground source heat pumps produce heat to a lower temperature than conventional boilers so they work best when installed alongside underfloor heating (or large radiators). If you don't already have one then a hot water cylinder will be needed too – this is where domestic hot water is stored before it's sent to taps, baths and showers.

Insulation is also critical. If your property isn't sufficiently insulated then the heat produced by the heat pump won't be felt around the property.

Part of the Heating System Potential Cost
Ground source heat pump £8,000 - £12,000
Underfloor heating £75 - £100 per metre
New radiators £65 - £300 per radiator
Hot water cylinder £450 - £1,000
Loft insulation £300 – £400
Roof insulation £400 – £500
Cavity wall insulation £200 per exterior wall

Fortunately, the Green Homes Grant has been introduced to help homeowners with some of the costs of installing a renewable heating system. Through the Green Homes Grant, homeowners can receive a voucher of up to £5,000 (£10,000 for low income households).

Plus, if the installation is completed before 31st March 2021, you could receive payments through the Renewable Heat Incentive. RHI payments are made on a quarterly basis over a 7 year period. As of June 2020, the amount received per kilowatt hour of heat produced by a ground source heat pump stands at 21.16p.

Weigh up the Ground Source Heat Pump Advantages and Disadvantages to make sure it’s the right heating system for your home.

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Now you have everything you need to find a suitable installer to carry out your ground source heat pump installation. All you need now are quotes. And we can help with that too.

Take a few moments to complete our simple online form – you'll find it here – and we'll take care of the rest. In no time at all, you'll be contacted by up to 3 local heat pump installers. Each will give you a free no-obligation quote for you to then compare.


Nick Geary

About the author

Nick Geary

Nick has a wide range of experience writing about conventional and renewable heating solutions, and is always increasing his knowledge by researching any new heating technologies on the horizon.

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