Solar hot water heaters are becoming increasingly popular in Australian households. Have you noticed lately that in almost every street there is at least one house with solar panels on the roof? This is because solar power is an extremely cost efficient and eco-friendly way of heating your home. Although solar hot water heaters are usually the most expensive to install – they could end up saving you around 60-80% off of your energy bills per annum in the long run, not to mention the substantial reduction of carbon gas emissions.
Solar water heaters consist of solar panels and a water storage tank; the solar panels are installed on your roof and collect energy from the sun’s rays – this energy is transferred to the tank, heating the water inside. The tank of the solar water heater can be equipped with a gas or electric booster, this booster automatically operates and acts as an alternate power source, to ensure there is always hot water – even on those dank, dark days when no sun is visible.
Solar water heaters are available in two main types;
Split Systems or Pumped
These systems are split – meaning that the solar panels are located on the roof but the tank is located on ground level, hot water is pumped from the panels to the tank.
Thermosiphon system or close-coupled
This system is installed with both the panels and the storage tank being mounted together on the roof and does not require the use of a mechanical pump to transfer the heated water to the tank. The heat can be transferred directly into the tank by rising into it as it gets lighter from heating up. For frost prone areas a heat exchange fluid, such as anti-freeze, is used to prevent any damage to the panels from freezing – the fluid is heated, which in turn heats the tank water.
When deciding to install a solar powered hot water system, we recommend that you research which model and size might be best for your household hot water requirements, to ensure that you make the most efficient and cost effective decision. Think of how many people live in your home, how many showers you all take, consider how often you wash the dishes, use your dishwasher or wash your clothes in warm water each day and approximately what time of day do you use the most hot water? Taking all of this into consideration you could base your decision on the thinking that one person would typically use around 50L of hot water per day. The expert plumbing professionals from Mr Emergency Plumbing are more than happy to discuss your hot water requirements and aid in your decision of which sized unit may work best for your needs.
Some of the solar hot water makes and models that we recommend are;
- Rheem solar hot water
- DUX hot water
- Rinnai hot water
- Aquamax hot water
- Vulcan solar hot water – booster
No matter if you would like a new solar hot water system installed, or if you require a repair, service or replacement of an existing unit, look no further than the specialists in this field from Mr Emergency Plumbing. We are available for all of your plumbing and gas-fitting needs, anytime of the day or night, 365 days of the year – including all public holidays. We guarantee customer satisfaction and a quality job that you can trust – ensuring all required codes and conducts are followed in the strictest sense.
If you want to reduce your energy bills and make a significant change in becoming environmentally friendly – have a look at a solar hot water heater today.
There is no need to put off any hot water system installations due to financial issues – at Mr Emergency Plumbing we are pleased to be able to offer you interest free^ terms on purchases over $1,500 and ask our reliable, trusted plumbers about any available government rebates in relation to installing solar powered hot water heaters.
Solar Powered Boosters
Solar Powered systems are extremely economical and will dramatically reduce the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. A solar powered hot water system will save you money in the long run.
The way that a solar powered hot water system operates (in brief) is as follows;
- Solar thermal panels (usually situated on your roof) absorb the suns heat and convert it to thermal solar energy.
- There is a water storage tank which stores water on your property. This water is fed from the tank (electric or gas) and is pumped past the solar panels, heating the water.
- The heated water is pumped back into the tank and circulated by pipes around your property for use by you.
What happens if there is no sun?
If there is no sun to heat the water a backup gas or electric solar powered booster can be installed. This booster is connected to the storage tank and maintains the water’s heat – ensuring you will always have hot water available. You can turn the solar hot water booster on at any time of the day as and when required. Installing a solar powered booster will ensure that you will get the most out of your solar powered system at all times – ensuring that you will always have hot water even on those cloudy or rainy days.
Mr Emergency Plumbing can install or repair any solar powered hot water booster. The trusted brands that we recommend for solar boosters are;
If you would like to have a solar powered system installed or would like an upgrade to include a solar powered electric or gas booster – call the professionals from Mr Emergency Plumbing today on 1300 164 064.
We offer an outstanding service with a focus on customer satisfaction. Guaranteeing a same day service, within the hour* in emergencies – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including all public holidays, you will not be disappointed when you call Mr Emergency Plumbing.
We are also able to offer our customers an interest free payment plan^ on purchases of $1,500 or above – enabling you to get into a solar powered hot water system TODAY – rather than trying to save or putting it off until your current system fails.
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