Replacing oil boilers

Are you looking to replace your oil boiler for your existing property?

Follow the below three steps to ensure ground source is right for you.

  • The launch of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) means the Government will pay a fixed tariff for each unit of renewable energy generated by a ground source heat pump.  This means that owners of heat pumps will be paid quarterly RHI payments as a reward for installing their system.
  • Ground source heat pumps can substantially reduce your running costs when compared to oil and following the announcement of the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI), ground source heat pumps are now a financially compelling alternative to oil.

Step One

Assess if a ground source heat pump is right for your project

Not all properties will be suitable for a ground source heat pump.

Does your project meet the following criteria…

  1. Currently running an oil boiler?
  2. Property built in the last 20 years?
  3. Have land surrounding the premises/property roughly twice the area of the building?

If you have answered yes to the above 3 questions, then it would appear that your project could be suitable for a ground source heat pump and you should skip Step Two and move onto Step Three.

Step Two

For older properties currently on oil, which are not very well insulated:

For older properties which are not especially well insulated, Kensa need to establish whether the existing heating system and existing insulation levels will be compatible with a ground source heat pump.

Winter is the best time of the year to trial your property for it’s suitability for a ground source heat pump.  To do this, turn down the flow temperature of your existing boiler to 50°C and run the system through this winter heating season to mimic the output of a ground source heat pump system.

If you find you can maintain your required comfort conditions at this lower flow temperature, then you have proved that that your existing heating distribution system and the current heat loss of your property is compatible with ground source heat pump installation.

Once you have carried out this exercise through the winter and you are satisfied with the internal temperature of your home, please contact Kensa to discuss your ground source heat pump installation in further detail.

For modern, well insulated properties, we would be able to prepare a quotation for you immediately as we are confident that your required internal temperatures could be reached using a ground source heat pump.

Step Three

For modern, well insulated homes on oil:

To enable us to provide you with a budget price for your project, we will require the following information from you:

  • A set of building plans or, the overall square meterage of the floor area of the building you are trying to heat.
  • The amount of available land you have surrounding the building you are trying to heat? Remember, if the building is located close to a river, lake or pond, it is possible to utilise this water source instead of digging trenches for ground arrays. We would need to know how large this water source is.
  • What is the age of the building and what are the current insulation levels like?
  • Do you have double glazing?
  • Do you have a minimum of 250mm loft insulation and cavity wall insulation?
  • What is your current heat distribution system? Radiators? Underfloor Heating? A mix of both?

If you have met all of the above criteria, then a ground source heat pump should certainly be considered for your project.

Submit your plans to us so that we may indicate a rough cost and size for your project.

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The savings by not having oil are amazing, not to mention a warmer more even heat throughout the property. I have since recommended Kensa Heat Pumps to a friend."

Stephen Chidgey, Selfbuilder