Palm Yorkshire

Central Heating Specialists

Monday 11th of December 2017

Phone Number: 0113 204 7708

Office Number: 0800 122 3363

Solar Hot Water (Solar Thermal)

If you want to save yourself money on hot water we can help. If you also wish make your home environmentally friendly, then getting a solar panel may be the perfect solution for you.

We can install a solar panel that heats water up for your home and that will save you money annually on your heating bills. The benefits of saving money and reducing your Carbon footprint are increasingly desirable. But, how does it all work?

Also known as ‘Solar Thermal’, these systems use free heat from the Sun to warm domestic hot water. How they work is simple.

The water is pumped into the solar panel and the sun then heats the water until the water reaches the temperature it needs to. The water is then transferred in to a hot water cylinder where it can be pumped into the necessary appliances. Special solar panels, called Collectors, are fitted to your roof. These collect the heat from the Sun and use it to heat water which is stored in a hot water cylinder.

The water is pumped into the solar panel and the sun then heats the water until the water reaches the temperature it needs to. The water is then transferred in to a hot water cylinder where it can be pumped into the necessary appliances. Special solar panels, called Collectors, are fitted to your roof. These collect the heat from the Sun and use it to heat water which is stored in a hot water cylinder.

Around 70% of your water can be heated by a solar system throughout the colder months. During the summer 100% of it can be.

A conventional boiler or immersion heater is normally used to help get the water to the desired temperature if required or if solar energy is unavailable, the boiler will heat the water on its own.


Installing Solar Heating in Your Home

Installing a solar hot water panel on to the roof of your home can mean that you will save up to £350 per year on your utility bills. . 

They provide up to 70% of the hot water you need for your home and even 100% of it in the summer. Solar heating is also great for the environment with CO2 emissions being reduced by at least 750kgs per year.


What to consider

  •  How much hot water you use as a household. The more hot water you use the more benefit you will get.
  • What type of boiler and heating system you already have. If you have a combi boiler then this would probably need changing to a conventional boiler and a hot water cylinder installing.
  •  If you have enough space for a cylinder. These can be quite big, so extra space is essential.

In summary, Solar Thermal is a great investment and can provide free hot water for most of the year. The Energy Saving Trust field trials found that up to 60% of a household’s hot water needs, if well installed and properly used.

This will save money and combined with financial support with the Government’s Renewable Heat incentive, Solar Thermal is an ideal choice to reduce your energy bills and your Carbon footprint.