Solar Thermal Systems

Solar Water Heating and Systems

Solar water heating systems can generate between 50-60% of your hot water. Solar water heating panels are placed on a South facing roof or mounted on frames placed on a flat roof or on the ground. These panels are then angled between 15 – 75 degrees to maximise the exposure to the Sun’s rays which are used to heat water stored in a tank.

By installing a solar water heating system, not only would you be reducing your carbon footprint, you can also make savings on your energy costs. The saving generated will vary depending on the size of the property, the size of the solar water heating installation and the amount of sunlight in your area but some householders have been known to reduce their annual energy bills by anything between 30-70%. A solar water heating system will also provide you with hot water throughout the year and can be backed up by a boiler or immersion heater in the colder months when there is not as much sunlight.

Compatibility with Solar Water Heating Systems

Most conventional and hot water heating systems are compatible with Vaillant’s solar systems but if you have a combination (combi) boiler without a storage tank then your current system may not be compatible. There should also be no planning issues involved with installing solar panels to your property if you live in England, but it is always advisable to contact the relevant authorities if your property is in a conservation area, is listed or a World Heritage Site. If the property is in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you will have to consult with the local authorities.