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Interested In Alternative Floor Heating? The Many Benefits Of Trench Heating
05/03/2018
in Trench Heating by Michael Eagleton

By now, we’re all well aware of what hydronic floor heating is and how it can benefit our homes. But what if your home is built on stumps rather than a concrete slab? Is it still possible to have a floor system or are you forced to consider panel radiators instead? The good news is that there is an alternative on the market in the form of trench heating, which sees a channel laid underneath the floor with a grille over the top to let heat pass through.

So, what are the benefits of trench heating?

  • Discrete Appearance
    Although it’s not completely invisible like a hydronic system, this form of floor heating is still relatively discrete. This is because there are a variety of grille options to choose from, allowing you to select one that complements your choice of flooring. They also sit flush to the floor, so that you won’t have to worry about ugly protrusions.
     
  • No Wall Space Required
    These systems are ideal for rooms with floor to ceiling windows or large sliding doors, as they don’t take up any wall space (unlike panel radiators). In these sorts of rooms, wall space is often at a premium so keeping as much of it free as possible can go a long way to ensuring that you have ample space for televisions and artwork.
     
  • Quiet Operation
    Like all hydronic systems, one of the main draws of trench heating is that it’s basically silent when switched on. This is because there aren’t any fans used to force air out of the channel – instead, they operate according to the convection method. This can be highly beneficial when trying to sleep or enjoy a movie, as you won’t be disturbed.
     
  • Variety of Colours & Materials
    We have already touched on the fact that the grilles are available in a variety of materials (notably timber and aluminium) and colours, ensuring that you’re able to find one to complement your home and décor. All materials are incredibly strong and able to be walked on – no fears about inadvertently falling through.
     
  • Stylish Appearance
    There can be no denying that all types of floor heating are incredibly attractive, even those that are visible (like trench and radiators). This makes them the perfect option for modern and contemporary homes, where other systems might look too outdated and out of place. The grilles themselves are relatively compact for a slimline look.
     
  • Thermostatically Controlled
    Like all hydronic systems, this type of heating is thermostatically controlled to ensure that you’re provided with the most comfortable environment possible. Simply set the thermostat to your desired temperature, walk away and forget about it. Many thermostats can also be controlled to turn on and off at a desired time.

As you can see, there are a number of benefits associated with trench heating that have been made it quite the popular alternative to traditional hydronic systems. Ensure that you have selected a reputable supplier who can walk you through all the options when it comes to floor heating, as well as handle the installation for you. This will ensure the most successful experience possible, as well as ensure that your home looks fantastic.