“The House is Com­fort­able Through­out the Year”

Homebuilding & Renovating - - The Brief Ground Source Heat Pumps -

Hav­ing lived in draughty pe­riod prop­er­ties for much of their lives, Carol and David Spenser were keen to live in an en­ergy-ef­fi­cient home. So when they came to con­vert this barn ( above), they were look­ing to in­cor­po­rate a re­new­able heat source. With guid­ance from lo­cal green en­ergy spe­cial­ist Hud­sons Elec­tri­cal, they chose a ground source heat pump sys­tem, with two small bore­holes drilled to a depth of 140m; the sys­tem now pro­vides a cost-free heat­ing sys­tem. “We weren’t keen on air source heat sys­tems as they can be noisy and we were ad­vised against a con­ven­tional hor­i­zon­tal buried loop sys­tem,” says Carol. “Al­though we’ve re­tained five acres and have plenty of space, we were aware that in fu­ture we might want to sell that land. Some­one asked each of us in­de­pen­dently what our favourite bit of the barn is and we had iden­ti­cal replies: the ground source heat pump — the house is so com­fort­able through­out the year as a re­sult.”

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