Choosing Most Effective Solar water heater for your home
Solar Water Heater Panels
There are two main types of collector panels for solar water heater: flat plate panels and evacuated tube panels.
The hot water cylinder can be part of the system on the roof or it can be mounted separately in another part of the house. You can use a specialist solar water heating cylinder.
The key difference is that specialist cylinders are specially designed to maximise the use of solar energy. If you choose a specialist cylinder, the system is likely to perform a lot better and will also better deal with very high water temperatures (ie above 80oC) which will occasionally be produced by the solar collectors.
If you choose to use a conventional cylinder, it will need to be able to cope with high temperatures, and you'll need to have a controller for the supplementary heating.
Conventional hot water cylinders in houses are usually 150 litres or less. This storage capacity is generally too small for a solar water heater to achieve good performance for a household of three or more people. 50 litres capacity per person is recommended. Performance can be increased with the use of a controller for the supplementary heating.
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