How do solar water heating systems work?
Solar water heating systems use solar panels, called collectors, fitted to your roof. These panels collect heat from the sun and use it to warm water which is stored in a hot water cylinder. There are two types of solar water heating panels, evacuated tubes and flat plate collectors. A boiler or immersion heater can be used as a back up to increase water temperature above that set by the cylinders thermostat at times when the solar water heating system does not reach that temperature.
The benefits of solar water heating
- Hot water throughout the year: the system works all year round and will produce upto 70% of your annual hot water needs.
- 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 a solar water heating system suitable for my home?
To tell if solar water heating is right for you, Contact Us and we will be pleased to visit your premises. There will be no ‘hard sell’ four hour appointment. In fact providing your property is visible we can survey and produce a quotation without you opening the door. Without access we must point out that the quotation will be subject to survey.
Cost and savings
The cost of installing a solar thermal system via AES will be significantly cheaper than any of our competitors. This is made possible by low overheads and purchasing direct from manufacturers. Savings are moderate but will ensure you qualify for a significant annual rebate from the Renewable Heat Incentive and save up to 570kg of CO2 emissions per year.
Maintenance costs are very low. Most solar water heating systems come with a 5-10 year warranty and require little maintenance. You should take a look at your panels every year and have them checked more thoroughly by an accredited installer every 3-5 years, or as specified by your installer.