Introducing solar thermal heating
Solar energy is the future
sun is the single most important energy provider to the world, not
your local electricity company or gas supplier and what's more
it's FREE, free energy for life! And here's how you can save
money on your utility bills and start using free energy, even
when it's a cloudy day. And with the sun having 5 billion years
life left, it's safe to say we wont run out of the solar energy
With the UK lying in the Northern hemisphere there are periods
in the winter months when the amount of solar energy we can cost
effectively use will be less than 10% of the availability in
the summer time. Even so, a well designed system could provide,
on average, around 50- 70% of your domestic hot water requirements
each year, every year and it's always free! Unlike gas, oil or
electricity the cost of which is rising each year and will continue
to rise as our energy reserves steadily dwindle.
By using the Sun as an energy source we also reduce our use of
fossil fuels resulting in reduced pollution from the greenhouse
gasses (CO2) that we currently pollute our atmosphere with and
which will blight our children's future.
Choosing to go solar is financially viable, its also a life choice
and one that tells the world I care for my children's future
and the future of this world, our earth.
Solar systems - where to start
on cloudy days there is a great deal of clean, low-cost energy
available from the sun. A typical system includes a roof mounted
solar collector sometimes referred to as the solar panel. In
fact they can also be made up of tubes or panels. Heat is then
pumped from the panels inside the building to a hot water store
where supplementary heat can be added from a boiler or immersion
to make it useful for normal domestic appliances.
The size of panels required for a domestic property are anywhere
between 2m2 and 7m2, with panels either fitted to the roof using
simple support brackets, or by integrating into the roof usually
on new build or if re roofing. They can also be fitted to balconies
or with adequate support to a gable end.
The choice of which system to use comes down to a balance of
panel efficiency, size, cost, the guarantees on the panels, the
appearance of the panels, and simplicity of installation.
In summary there's more to solar water heating than the choice
of collector such as:
All of which and more we cover in greater detail on the following
- where to position the storage cylinder
- degree of insulation on pipes and cylinders
- integrating the solar system to your existing hot water
- type of pump and controller
- positioning and size of the collectors
- storage cylinder size
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Covering the Exeter Devon region for domestic heating appliances,
oil boiler and gas combi boiler fault finding, central heating installations,
landlord safety certificates,solar thermal heating design and installation
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