A solar hot water system simply put turns light into heat, the energy generated from the light heats up the water for use in your home. Even on a cloudy day our Solar panels can collect heat, as they only require daylight to function.
We recommend that you use the 'Evacuated Tube' solar panels for their ability to operate in colder and duller days. The provide heat over a wider spread of the season giving you more heat in winter.
Solar Hot Water systems can be installed on the majority of buildings either directly on a pitched roof or on frames if your roof is flat. However, they do require a roof that ideally faces south, south east or south west, as long as no other buildings or large trees overshadow it. If the roof is in shadow for parts of the day, the output of the system can decrease.
No, apart from seeking approval from your local planning authority.
The technicians must have access to your roof and to your existing hot water cylinder, inside the property, which will be replaced.
No, dust sheets will be laid throughout the house to minimise any dust or debris, and our technicians will thoroughly clear up before they leave.
A typical installation should take between one and two days to complete. Work will take place both inside and outside the property in this time with the installation of the panels onto your roof, and also the installation of a pump station, hot water cylinder and appropriate pipe work.
However, work could be delayed due to inclement weather. We will endeavour to keep to our schedule where possible but will keep you informed of any changes.
You will need to ensure that there is an electrical fused spur in the vicinity of the hot water cylinder location.
Solar Hot Water Systems will typically last 10 – 25+ years, depending on manufacturer.
All our products come with manufacturer guarantees; the panels are guaranteed for 5 to 20 years and ancillary components from 1 – 3 years depending on manufacturer. In addition to the manufacturer’s backed guarantee, which covers the equipment, you will receive a guarantee for the installation from REIGA (Renewable Energy Installation Guarantee Agency). This is an independent guarantee which is valid for a period of 10 years and is applied for by us on your behalf. It will be sent to you direct from REIGA and can take up to 8 weeks from installation to be delivered. (REIGA is non-profit distributing; its only function is to stand as guarantor for the promises set out in the guarantee. It has the resources to meet the promises made in the guarantee.) For further information see www.reiga.org.uk
Very little. A monthly visual check is advisable ensuring that the panels are kept relatively clean and that shade from trees or other obstructions has not become a problem. It is also advised that the integrity of the glycol within the system be checked and tested every 2-3 years. Churchfield Home Services have a range of service packages available. More details can be provided on request.
Your system will be fully tested before we leave.
Prices for Solar Hot Water Systems vary depending on size to be installed, product manufacturer and the nature of the actual building on which a system is mounted. The size of the system is dictated by the hot water usage requirements and domestic hot water storage capacity.
Most domestic systems usually include 2 – 3 solar panels with a 200-300 litre domestic hot water cylinder. These systems will typically cost between €3,500 – €6,000.
In order to obtain maximum benefit from a Solar Hot Water system, continue using your domestic hot water as normal. The technicians will optimise the operation of the Solar Hot Water system at commissioning. During the months of the year when additional heating is necessary, ensure that this is set to come on towards the end of the day. This will allow the Solar Hot Water system to put as much heat into the domestic hot water cylinder as possible and minimise any other panel requirements.
Our expert external insulation surveyors will pop out to you FREE OF CHARGE, survey your home and provide you with a detailed quotation and will be able to answer any of your queries.