12 May 2023 Cariad Marketing
It is important to know the difference between trench heating and underfloor heating because these two types of heating have different pros and cons. Knowing the distinction between the two will enable you to select the most appropriate type of heating system for your home or building based on factors such as cost, efficiency, ease of installation, maintenance requirements, and the desired level of comfort.
This information can also affect the design and construction of a building, as the choice of heating system can affect the layout and placement of heating elements and other building components.
To understand the differences between trench heating and underfloor heating, we must first understand how they both work.
Underfloor heating can be used to act as a primary heat source, replacing all your radiators, or purely just to heat the floor. It mainly comes in two forms, water systems and electric systems. The electrical systems use electrical cables to generate heat, whereas the water systems use pipes within the floor, a heat source and a pump which pumps the water through the pipes, resulting in a heated floor. Of course there are pros and cons for both types of underfloor heating.
Trench heating works by drawing cold air through grilles and into trenches. The air is then warmed over a copper and aluminium heat exchanger and rises to heat the room by convection. This allows the entire room to have warm air distributed evenly from floor to ceiling. The size of the trench determines the amount of heat that is produced by the trench heating and it is affected by the width and depth of the unit installed.
Trench heating works well to produce heat at floor level and circulate it evenly throughout the room, so your room is at the desired temperature. This type of heating limits the likelihood of cold spots or draughts, especially in a large room.
Trench grilles can be installed across the threshold of patio doors, bifold doors or French doors and can be customised to fit curves. Trench heating saves space in your room and furniture can be placed wherever you’d like, plus, you can use any materials for your large space including wood, carpet, tile, laminate flooring or rugs. Trench heaters also lead to low turbulence, meaning fewer dust and allergens are circulating in your space.
Underfloor heating uses both convection and radiant heat to warm a space. While it can also be used to heat a large space, it can be quite costly to install in a big room. It’s not just floor insulation that you need to consider when fitting an underfloor heating system, but inadequate room insulation is a primary cause of higher running costs as large, draughty rooms lose heat much quicker.
Furthermore, underfloor heating takes longer to heat up the room than a regular radiator. You also cannot use it under some items of furniture or fittings, which restricts how you set up your living space.
Trench heating can be your primary source of heat in your home, or it can be a secondary source if you happen to have a lot of windows and several levels in your home. Ideally, you would then use different types of heating methods.
Get in touch with one of our experts to help you to decide which trench heating grille is best for your home.