Solar water heating uses solar panels that are designed to be used on a system which either already has stored hot water or will have stored hot water, it can provide up to 60% of your hot water needs throughout the course of the year.
The sunlight warms the panels which then transfer the heat to the stored hot water cylinder. During colder months when the sunlight is not as strong, the hot water temperature can be “topped up” by using either the boiler or the electric elements.
The benefits of solar water heating
- Hot water throughout the year: the system works all year round, though you’ll need to heat the water further with a boiler or immersion heater during the winter months.
- Cut your bills: sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation your hot water costs will be reduced.
- Cut your carbon footprint: solar hot water is a green, renewable heating system and can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions.
Is solar water heating right for your home?
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: they can be fixed to a frame on a flat roof or hanging 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. But 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.
We can assess your home and help you choose the best setup to meet your needs, just get in touch.