Solar Panels and Thermal Heating
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Solar Panels in Chester For Heating Water And Your Home
Solar energy water heating systems, or ‘solar thermal’ units, make use of free heat energy coming from the sun’s raw heat to heat up domestic hot water. A traditional boiler or immersion heating unit can be made use of making the water hotter, or to provide hot water whenever solar energy is unavailable.
The advantages of solar water heating
Hot water throughout the year. The equipment functions all year round, though you’ll need to heat up the water further with a boiler or immersion heater in the course of the winter months.
Decreased energy bills. Sunlight is free, therefore the moment you’ve invested in the upfront installation your hot water rates will be reduced.
Lower carbon footprint. Solar hot water is a green, sustainable heating system and can decrease your carbon dioxide emissions.
Just how do solar energy water heating systems work?
Solar energy water heating systems use solar panels, referred to as collectors, fitted to your roofing system. These collect heat energy coming from the sun’s rays and make use of it to warm up water which in turn is stored in a hot water cylinder. A boiler or immersion heater can be used as a backup to heat the water further in order to achieve the temperature you want.
Currently there are two kinds of solar water home heating panels:
1. Evacuated tubes
2. Flat plate collectors, which can be fixed on the roof tiles or integrated into the roof.
Larger solar panels can easily also be arranged to provide some contribution to heating your home at the same time. However, the amount of heat energy offered is typically quite small and it is not normally considered worth your while.
Is solar water heating right for your household?
Things to take into account
Do you have a sunny place to put solar panels? You’ll need around five square metres of roof space which faces East to West through South and receives direct sunlight for the main part of the day. The panels don’t have to be mounted on a roof however. They can be fixed to a frame on a flat roof or hang from a wall.
Do you have space for a larger, or an extra, hot water cylinder? If a dedicated solar cylinder is not already installed then you will usually need to replace the existing cylinder, or add a dedicated cylinder with a solar heating coil.
Is your current boiler compatible with solar water heating? Most conventional boiler and hot water cylinder systems are compatible with solar water heating. If your boiler is a combination boiler (combi) and you don’t currently have a hot water tank, a solar hot water system may not be compatible.
Solar Heating Maintenance
Routine maintenance charges for solar water heating systems are typically really low. Almost all solar water heating systems we fit come with a five-year or ten-year warranty and also require little maintenance. When installed we will leave behind copied details of any routine maintenance checks that anyone can accomplish from time to time to ensure everything is functioning effectively.
The system also includes a pump, usually these will last around 10 years and we will always check them.
Choosing a Solar Heating installation
Before you decide this is the right choice for you, give our team of experts a phone call, we can give you the right advice on how to proceed allowing you to maximise your budget to create a more cost effective solution.
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