Finn Geotherm was shortlisted in four categories in the 2016 National ACR & Heat Pump Awards.
Hannah Kelly, owner of Wood Farm Vets, started the practice in 2014 to care for large and small animals. Initially, Hannah ran the practice from her home, a farmhouse in Wymondham, South Norfolk, but rapidly outgrew the premises.
Horses to hamsters
Hannah began to renovate a grade two listed former corn barn on her land to create a modern mixed practice, capable of treating all manner of animals from horses to hamsters on-site. As part of the renovation, Hannah needed a heating and hot water system that would be able to cope with the demands of her busy business, as well as servicing her house, which had previously relied on an oil boiler. Wood Farm Vets wanted a sustainable and future-proof solution so ground source heating was ideal.
With a generous amount of land available for a 1700m collector loop, Finn Geotherm specified and installed two Lampoassa Esi 14 ground source heat pumps with a 1000litre Superheat thermal store. A former outhouse, complete with built-in bread oven, was transformed into the plant house for the pumps and thermal store. The vets had both underfloor heating and radiators installed to work with the new heat pump, while Hannah’s house used its existing radiators. While the single phase electricity in the premises initially presented Finn Geotherm with a bit of a challenge, the careful specification of a system with two heat pumps working in tandem achieves outputs of around 30kW, which is way above other similar systems.
“I am so pleased with my ground source heat pump,” said Hannah. “The entire practice is warm – even dogs in the kennels can enjoy underfloor heating – and my team and I have access to up to half a tonne of hot water in one hit if we need it, which is brilliant when we’re dealing with larger animal patients. My house has never been warmer too so after a hard day at work, I know I can return to warm home and don’t even have to think about lighting the fire.”
The installation at Wood Farm Vets and Hannah’s home will also benefit from the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a government financial incentive which rewards people and businesses for opting for renewable energy.
The only approved installer
Finn Geotherm is East Anglia’s leading supplier and installer of ground and air source heat pump systems for domestic, commercial and industrial customers. Finn Geotherm is the only approved installer of award-winning Finnish Lämpöässä ground source systems in the UK and one of only a handful of expert installers for Dimplex Renewables.
The company was set up in 2006 by David Alston (who is half Finnish himself) and specialises in ground and air source heat pumps. The company has installed systems for all manner of customers from cosy cottages and semi-detached homes in domestic applications to commercial installations in churches, offices and even an indoor facility for lorikeets, butterflies and reptiles at a zoo. For more details and case studies, visit www.finn-geotherm.co.uk.