What is a water source heat pump? Why it might be a smart move for your home

A red brick cottage with a large pond in front of the building
Water source heat pumps need to be close to water to draw the heat out of this heat source (Image credit: Getty)

Water source heat pumps are less common than ground source or air source heat pumps, but they are more effective due to the stability of the heat extractable from a water source. 

The major disadvantage is that the building where the heat pump is to be installed needs to be in close proximity to a large water source for the heat pump to operate effectively.

Robin Whitlock
Freelance journalist

Robin is a freelance journalist based in the South West of England, UK. He specialises in environmental issues, climate change and renewable energy, with other interests in transport and green motoring. He is a regular daily correspondent for a renewable energy website, writing news articles and interview pieces on all the main clean energy technologies. He has also written widely for numerous magazines on these topics, as well as writing white papers and web content.