Solar Thermal water heating systems work by absorbing solar energy. The energy is transferred from the solar panel to heat the water in your hot water cylinder. Highly efficient, completely controllable and low maintenance, a solar water heating system is easiest to install if you already have a conventional ‘system’ or ‘regular’ boiler and could provide a large percentage of your annual hot water from a clean, renewable source of energy.
When a solar hot water system and central heating hot water system are used in conjunction, they can be installed in 2 different ways:
- Use a pre-heater cylinder that then feeds the central heating hot-water cylinder. This will allow for greater efficiency throughout the year and during the winter, will reduce the amount of heat your boiler/GSHP etc will have to produce to raise your hot water to a good temperature.
- Install a twin coil cylinder with a lower coil for the solar hot water and the upper coil for the central heating hot water. This is often an option if there is a lack of space for two cylinders. However, this option will not give the efficiency savings of the two cylinder system during the winter months.
The main need for central heating is at night when there is no sunlight and in winter when solar gain is lower. Therefore, solar water heating for washing and bathing is often a better application than central heating because supply and demand are better matched.
Thermatech can install both in-roof and on-roof solar systems in a variety of formats and sizes to suit each situation and customer requirements.