Are you considering installing a solar water heating system in your home?
Solar water heating systems use free heat from the sun to create domestic hot water. They collect the heat using solar panels, which are fitted to your roof. There are currently two types of solar water heating panels available: evacuated tubes and flat plate collectors, which are fixed onto the roof tiles or integrated into your roof’s design.
Some solar panels can be used to heat your home too. However the amount of heat they provide is usually fairly limited. This is why we recommend them for heating up your water instead.
1. Reduce your gas bill
Let’s face it, gas can be pretty expensive and with prices ever on the increase, it’s one ofhomeowners’ main concerns. The good news is that there is a way to reduce your monthly gas bill and that’s by installing a solar
water heating system in your home.
Solar water heating systems will provide around a third of your annual hot water heating needs, which can lead to huge reductions of between £65.00 and £105.00 a year.
2. Reduce your carbon footprint
We all know that gas usage is bad for the environment, as it creates harmful emissions. If you are looking for a way to do your bit for the planet and reduce your carbon footprint, installing a solar water heating system is the answer.
Since solar water heating is a green, sustainable energy source, it doesn’t release any harmful toxic gasses and therefore doesn’t negatively impact the planet in any way.
It can actually save up to 645kg of CO2 emissions, depending on the fuel you are replacing. We’d say that’s pretty good going!
3. Benefit from an even yearly output
Most people make the mistake of thinking that solar water heating systems only work in the summertime. The truth is that while solar water heating panels gather most of the energy they need to heat hot water in the summertime, they evenly distribute it throughout the year. This means your system will work all year round.
If your water isn’t quite hot enough or you don’t have quite enough hot water, your emersion heater or boiler will be able to do the rest of the work. This will still result in you reducing your carbon footprint and paying less for your gas.
Are they expensive?
One of the most common questions we get about solar water heating systems is ‘are they expensive?’
A typical solar water heating system will cost between £3000 and £5000 to install, however you need to remember that it will help you make huge savings in the long run.
Like traditional boilers, solar water heating systems also require regular maintenance; however costs are generally very low. A lot of solar water heating systems actually come with a warranty, which will help give you extra peace of mind.
It is recommended that you have your solar water heating system checked by an accredited installer (like Priory Gas Heating) every three to seven years. This will help to prevent unforeseen issues and keep your system running efficiently.
Interested in solar water heating?
If you are sold on the benefits of a solar water heating system and want to find out if it is suitable for your home, then get in touch with the Priory Gas Heating team.
We will be able to carry out an evaluation of your property and come up with the best solar water heating solution to meet your needs. Simply give us a call on 020 8351 3395 to get started.