What is solar heating?
A solar thermal (water heating) system uses the sun's energy to heat solar mix that passes through solar collectors to heat your cylinder.
What type of solar collectors are available?
Flat plate panels or evacuated tubes.
What do I need to consider?
Suitable place to site the collectors. Ideally a south facing roof (but east or west will do). Space inside the building to site a solar hot water cylinder. Make sure that your current boiler is compatible with the system.
A solar water heating system (also known as a solar thermal system) uses panels fitted to your roof which use the suns energy to heat water for use around the home 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.
A saving on your fuel bill when on sunny days you are not using the boiler to heat water. A reduction of your carbon footprint and may be eligible for the RHI insentive.
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