Will Solar Panels work in the winter?
Yes, solar panels do collect heat during the winter months in the UK,
but generally speaking, not enough to supply significant amounts of hot
water. During the winter months they should be regarded as a system that
takes the chill off the water, lessening the amount of work that the boiler
has to do and thus saving fuel and money. see february 13th
Genersys quote a saving of about 25% during the winter months.
Can I switch my boiler off during the summer?
I expect to switch my boiler off sometime in April and run all my hot
water from the solar panels. This is what is reported by most users of
our solar panels.
Will they generate all my hot water?
To get the best out of them, I expect
to monitor the temperature of the hot water cylinder to use the heated
water at the optimum time, thus allowing the system to re warm so I have
hot water during the evening and through to the morning. This might mean
running the washing machine to suit the heating from the panels. However,
I expect to have more hot water overall from the panels than from running
my boiler at set times.
Can I have solar panels with my combi boiler
You must have a hot water cylinder so that the water that has been heated
by the sun can be stored for when you need to use it.
Can I use my existing Hot Water Cylinder
No, you need a secondary heating coil or heat exchanger so a new cylinder
is necessary. The additional benefit is that you can get rid of what is
most likely a cylinder that is full of scale if you live in a hard water
area. This scale will make the cylinder very inefficient when being run
with your boiler, wasting fuel and putting additional stress on the boiler.
I have a flat roof!
As long as there is a suitable point to mount the panels, there is standard
bracketing that allows them to be mounted at teh correct angle. They need
to be facing in a general southerly direction without any significant barriers
between it and the the sun such as trees or other houses.
Will they warm my swimming pool
Yes, they will certainly help raise the temperature of your pool. Click
here for a sample brochure.