Solar thermal water heating

Solar water heating systems use free heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water. A conventional boiler or immersion heater is then used to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable.

How do solar water heating systems work?

Solar water heating systems use solar panels, called collectors, fitted to your roof. These collect heat from the sun and use it to warm water which is stored in a hot water cylinder.

A picture of a solar panel

Go green and cut costs with solar heating.

There are two types of solar water heating panels, they are evacuated tubes (like in the picture above) and flat plate collectors. Flat plates collectors can be fixed on the roof tiles or integrated into the roof.

A boiler or immersion heater can be used as a back up to heat the water further to reach the temperature set by the cylinders thermostat when the solar water heating system does not reach that temperature. (The cylinder thermostat should be set at 60 degrees centigrade.)

Larger solar panels can also provide energy to heat your home as well - though usually only in the summer months when home heating is unnecessary.

The benefits of solar water heating

  • Hot water throughout the year:

    The system works all year round, though you'll need to heat the water further with a boiler or immersion heater during the winter months.

  • Cut your bills:

    Sunlight is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your hot water costs will be reduced.

  • Cut your carbon foot print:

    Solar hot water is a green, renewable heating system and can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions

Chapman Plumbing and Heating can offer free advice and quotation for Solar water heating, so please call 01752 881841 or complete the Quick Enquiry request.