With a half-acre lake in the garden, the new heating system for the five-bedroom house near North Walsham utilises the property’s natural assets and negates the need for fossil fuels.
“My existing oil boiler needed replacing, with no gas in the area, I was looking for a sustainable, cost effective solution. I did a lot of research into various heating options and found ground source was ideal, particularly as I could use the lake in my garden to house the ground loop.”
The system also has the capability to produce an additional 125 litres of hot water if needed – for example, when guests are staying – which is stored in an unvented cylinder. In everyday circumstances when the extra hot water is not needed, the unvented cylinder is isolated from the main system to conserve energy.
With homeowner John often working from home, the system is ideal as it ensures the house is warm throughout day. In addition, as an IT professional, having the heat pump linked wirelessly to John’s router is another benefit, giving him control over his heating from anywhere in the world.
“I wanted a system which could easily meet our current demands but also had the capability to cope with any future extensions to the property,” explains John. “The heat pump system is ideal for our requirements – it’s both sustainable and cost effective and the house is always warm. We’ve had the wood burner alight once since the ground source system was installed – and that was just for aesthetics as we had people coming over! Finn Geotherm provided us with fantastic service and were extremely knowledgeable, which was very reassuring, especially with a more bespoke project such as ours which used the lake.”
The installation is benefitting from the government’s seven year Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, a government financial incentive which rewards people for opting for renewable heating.
For more information on ground and air source heat pumps and details on Finn Geotherm, visit www.finn-geotherm.co.uk.