What is a ground source heat pump? How does it work? Is a heat pump better than a boiler? Explore our heat pump FAQs and find all the answers to your ground source questions:
Heat pump basics
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump can extract energy from renewable sources such as ground, water and air. Watch our useful video on how heat pumps work and discover the environmental and financial advantages.Learn more
What is the efficiency of a heat pump?
The efficiency of a heat pump depends on factors such as the energy source or how well insulated the building is. See our top tips on maximising efficiency, how it’s affected and how it’s measured.Learn more
How do ground source heat pumps compare to other heating systems?
Ground source heat pumps provide heating and hot water without the emissions of fossil fuels like gas, LPG and oil. See how they compare in cost, carbon, maintenance and more.Learn more
How do gas boilers compare to ground source heat pumps?
Delivering a whopping 77% saving on emissions versus gas, see how ground source heating compares to the familiar boiler. Discover the differences in costs, efficiency, environmental impact and more.Learn more
What is the difference between an air source & ground source heat pump?
There are many factors that differentiate air source from ground source heat pumps – including the fact that air source units absorb heat energy from the air, and ground source units from the ground or water. Discover the differences in efficiency, running costs and RHI income – and see our comparison animations!Learn more
How do heat pump systems work?
A ground source heat pump can deliver heating, hot water and even cooling. See our top tips on heat pumps with radiators or underfloor heating, and discover how hot your hot water can really be.Learn more
What compliance standards can heat pumps meet?
Ground source heat pumps can help projects affordably and easily conform to building methods and regulations. Explore the accreditations of Kensa’s heat pumps and how they benefit installers, households and businesses.Learn more
Can heat pumps provide cooling?
From summer cooling to combatting overheating, browse the benefits of passive and active cooling with ground source heat pumps. Includes potential costs and our very own video on how ground source cooling works.Learn more
Other common FAQs
What heat source can I use for a heat pump?
Ground source heat pumps can absorb energy from sources such as soil, water or rock. Find out how heat pumps collect heat and compare each source’s cost, space and efficiency.Learn more
What is a water source heat pump?
A water source heat pump absorbs energy from bodies of water such as ponds, lakes or even the sea. Explore our water source page to see who it’s ideal for, things to consider and all the different types of water sources you could harness heat from.Learn more
What are slinkies & straight pipes?
Slinky pipes and straight pipes are forms of ground arrays used to collect heat from surface soil. See how much space you might need, top tips, costs and one-to-one comparisons.Learn more
What is a ground source heat pump borehole?
A borehole is a type of ground array. Discover how deep they are, how they collect heat and what sort of projects they are perfect for.Learn more
What is district heating?
Traditionally, district heating means delivering heat to multiple dwellings from a centralised system. However, Kensa has a low-carbon approach. Discovers Kensa’s innovative Shared Ground Loop Arrays and how they connect communities to a net-zero carbon future.Learn more
How do ground source heat pumps reduce air pollution?
Air pollution is typically created by combustion heating systems that burn gas, oil, LPG or biomass to produce heat. Ground source heat pumps improve air quality with next-to-no emissions. See the important role they play in reducing pollution.Learn more
What is a cascaded heat pump system?
A cascaded heat pump system incorporates multiple heat pumps into a system. See how it works, who it benefits and discover the cascaded possibilities.Learn more