Central heating & solar power
As central heating experts, we have some solar heating advice.
We get asked by our customers all the time is solar heating or solar panels suitable?
Here’s a few things to consider.
- Do you have a sunny place to put solar panels?
You’ll need around 5 square metres of roof space which faces east to west through south and receives direct sunlight for the main part of the day. Alternatively, if you do not have a south facing roof and if you have space, you could install two panels, one facing east and one facing west – but this will make installation more costly. The panels don’t always have to be mounted on a roof, they can be fixed to a frame on flat roofs.
- Do you have space for a larger, or an extra, hot water cylinder?
If a dedicated solar cylinder is not already installed then you will need to replace the existing cylinder, or add a dedicated cylinder with a solar heating coil.
- Is your current boiler compatible with solar water heating?
Most conventional boiler and hot water cylinder systems are compatible with solar water heating. If your boiler is a combination boiler (combi) and you don’t currently have a hot water tank then a solar hot water system may not be compatible.
- Do you need planning permission?
In Jersey most solar water heating systems don’t need planning permission, but it is always best to consult your the planning office if you live in a Listed Building, or a building in Conservation Area or World Heritage Site.
Cost and savings
Costs for a typical solar water heating system range from £5,000 to £8,000.
Savings are sgnificant- a solar water heating system can provide up to 70% of your hot water needs & up to 50% of your central heating requirements.
Maintenance costs are very low. Solar water heating systems and only require a once yearly maintenance check.
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