Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Solar Hot Water system, what to look for

When choosing a solar hot water system always check to see how many Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) it has for the litres of hot water it stores. The higher the number of RECs the less electricity it will use and the more efficient the system will be.

Don’t be tricked into buying a small tank. When choosing a solar hot water system a bigger tank is best. Today the tanks are very well insulated. Therefore with a larger tank you can store more free solar hot water.

Many manufacturers print tables on the recommended size to suit your needs. Solar hot water should save you money. It should not cost you a bomb in ongoing repairs from the day it is installed. I frequently get calls to fix systems that are only a few months old. This is because they have not been installed properly.

When buying a new solar hot water system use an experienced solar hot water system installer. Too many things can go wrong if your new solar hot water system is installed incorrectly.

Solar hot water systems generate heat from sun light shining on panels or tubes. They can also capture the heat out of the air. These systems are called heat pumps and require no roof mounted panels at all.

When having a heat pump installed always insist that your new heat pump is installed on a level base outside on the warm side of your house. Heat pumps do not need sunlight. However, the warmer the air around them the cheaper they will be to run.

When having any hot water heater system installed try to put it as close as possible to the kitchen. The kitchen tap is the tap which you will use more frequently than any other in the house. This will reduce energy consumption and water consumption.

If you need more information about your Solar Hot Water System or immediate help in Canberra, Queanbeyan or Jerrabomberra just call 6161 9417 for Six Star Hot Water & Plumbing.

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