Has huge energy bill left you shocked or the damaged hot water system of your home has forced you to suffer cold baths daily? Well, it’s time to adjust the way you enjoy hot water. It is time you consider buying solar hot water system? But is installing a solar thermal system is a better investment than a heat or gas pump and in the future will it prove to be a money saver?
A top quality solar hot water system may be costly to buy but it can be a great way to lessen your energy bill and comes out cheaper in comparison with conventional techniques of electricity powered or gas heating techniques. Moreover, an element of the price can also be balanced out through certain rewards and discounts offered by the government.
So, what’s exactly is a solar thermal system and how does it work? Read on to find out.
Solar Hot Water System
Solar Hot Water System takes advantage of the ample of sunlight in Australia and uses this energy through residential solar installations to warm water for various household purposes. Depending upon the standard, a solar HWS can meet around 50–90% of your hot water requirements. The amount depends mostly on the local climate of the region and also on the model of the solar thermal system set up. Usually, these solar hot water techniques come equipped with an electric or gas enhancer which comprises for the additional hot water needs when required.
It comprises of solar collector sections with a storage containers. A family of four, typically requires around 4 sq. m or two sections of collector panels along with a 300–360L container. A bigger container maybe required for times with low sunlight conditions or higher hot water requirements.
A Thermosiphon system comprises of collector solar panels and storage tanks, both situated on the house roof. As water warms up, in the panel, it becomes lighter and moves into the container rising up via thermosiphon effect.
Pumped or Split Systems include collector panels situated on the house’s roof, with the tank built on the lower or ground level of the building. Hot water is therefore circulated from the pumps, down to the container.
The sections should be placed in a north bound portion of the building, with no shade- or else their efficiency will decrease and you may need to set up a bigger collector place.
Collectors can be in the form of flat sections or that of cleared pipes. The latter are usually more efficient hence need smaller panel area. However, they are more expensive than the panel ones.
The storage space container of solar hot water system generally comes with a enhancer element that works on either gas or electric energy. It helps by keeping water hot even on days with low sunlight.
In regions that are vulnerable to snow development, solar panels can get ruined by frozen water. As a result it is necessary for you to set up residential solar panels that are snow resistant. Such sections make use of heat exchange liquid for warming the container itself rather than directly warming the water.
Solar Hot Water System can be on the pricey end as opposed to usual energy or gas based heat pumps and may need much time to be set up. However a carefully chosen Solar energy HWS can pay off the price easily in the future, due to its low running price.
Stay tuned for more and learn about the various other aspects of solar hot water systems including solar rewards and more.