Domestic Solar Thermal
Solar thermal is most commonly used to provide hot water for the home, but it is also possible to harness the sun’s energy to heat your home.
Because solar thermal uses natural sunlight, switching to solar water heating will lead to a reduction of your domestic carbon footprint. There are different varieties of solar thermal panels: you can choose a flat plate or an evacuated tube collector, mounted on your roof or wall. Generally, a solar heating system is incorporated into your existing hot water system.
Before deciding if solar thermal is right for you, consider the following; –
- Does your property have a sunny aspect?
You will need around five square metres of roof space that faces East to West through South and receives direct sunlight for the main part of the day. The panels don’t always need to be mounted on a roof. They can also be installed on a flat roof or vertically on a wall.
- Do you have space for a larger hot water tank?
If a dedicated solar cylinder is not already installed, you will normally need to upgrade the existing cylinder or add an additional one with a solar heating coil.
- Is your current boiler compatible with solar water heating?
Whilst most conventional boiler and hot water cylinder systems are compatible with solar thermal, combination boilers (combi) without a hot water tank, are not compatible.
As with any of our services, if you are unsure or would like some advice, please call and we will be happy to discuss.