Can Trench Radiators be used with air source heat pumps?
Yes, trench radiators can be used with air source heat pumps (ASHPs) as a source of heat. ASHPs are a renewable energy source that extracts heat from the outdoor air 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 mild winters.
When using a trench radiator with an ASHP, hot water is circulated through the radiator 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 ASHP provides the hot water for the trench radiators, 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 radiators should be carefully considered when using them with an ASHP, as the lower operating temperature of the ASHP may require larger radiators 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 radiators to use with an ASHP, as well as provide advice on installation and control systems.