Solar hot water systems Melbourne
Is your hot water system getting old? Are you thinking about replacing it? It might be time to install a solar hot water system. Harnessing the immense power of the sun is easy and affordable using products like solar water heaters. Highly efficient and environmentally friendly, solar hot water heaters can provide up to 90 percent of your water heating needs. Not only will this slash your consumption of greenhouse gas-producing fossil fuels, but it will also dramatically reduce your water heating bills.
How do they work?
Most solar hot water systems use solar panels or collectors to absorb energy from the sun. As the water passes through the collectors, is heated by the sun and then flows into an insulated storage tank for later use. In passive solar heating systems, the water flows unassisted between these collectors and the tank. In active systems, water is pumped between the collectors and the tank.
As a solar hot water system rarely provides an entirely adequate water supply for a household’s hot water needs, the storage tank is often fitted with a booster powered by electricity, gas or solid fuel. This booster will act as a backup to heat the water when sunlight is insufficient, such as on cloudy or wet days and during winter when there are fewer daylight hours.