Can Trench Heaters be used with ground source heat pumps?
Yes, trench heaters can be used with ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) as a source of heat. GSHPs are a renewable energy source that extracts heat from the ground and transfers it inside the building to provide heating and hot water. They can be an efficient and cost-effective way to heat a building, especially in areas with colder winters.
When using a trench heater with a GSHP, hot water is circulated through the trench heater coils or fins, transferring heat to the surrounding air. This heated air is then circulated around the room by natural convection or a fan, providing a comfortable and efficient heating solution. The GSHP provides the hot water for the trench heaters, reducing the need for fossil fuel-based heating sources and lowering energy bills.
It's important to note that the size and design of the trench heaters should be carefully considered when using them with a GSHP, as the lower operating temperature of the GSHP may require larger heaters or more surface area to achieve the desired level of heat output. A heating engineer or specialist can help to determine the best size and design of the trench heaters to use with a GSHP, as well as provide advice on installation and control systems.