The solar electricity panels need sunlight to produce power so they will not work at night. They will still produce electricity on cloudy days but the stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced.
The solar panels are guaranteed for 25 years and a good quality installation will last for over 30 years.
The system should require very little maintenance. It is important to keep the panels clean and check that trees do not grow up and create shade for the panels.
Solar Hot Water
Solar thermal generates heat, which can be used to provide domestic hot water, where as solar PV generates electricity, which can be used to power domestic appliances.
Heating water ir the most costly uses of energy in the home so a solar hot water system can save your money by using the sun to heat your water for free. As the system makes use of a natural resource, the sun, it is also environmentally friendly.
The ¨solar collector¨or panel is best mounted in a North South orientation to take advantage of as much sunlight as possible. However they can be installed either on a pitched roof or flat roof or terrace. Some models take up very little space so are ideal for smaller areas.
All our solar water heater systems are suitable for producing domestic hot water but there are factors that may influence your choice of system. Your hot water demands; the quality of water in your area; the location of the system at the correct installation, direction and angle all influence which system is the right one for you. We are happy to review your individual circunstances to help identify the best system to suit your specific needs.
Our hot water system are designed to generate heat even on cloudy days and they continue to provide heat through the night. However, the system are always installed with a back-up system to ensure that for prolonged periods of cloudy, cold and wintry conditions, you need never be without hot water.
Swimming Pool Heating
A swimming pool is a costly investment so it is natural that you want to make the most of it for exercise and fun. If the pool water is too cold to enjoy even when the sun is shining then you are not able to make the most of it. Pool heating will extend your swimming season enabling you to make the most of your investment. If you rent your property, heating the pool can increase your rental income.
Both solar pool heating and a low-energy heat pump can extend your swimming season. If you intend to swim all year around, regardless of the weather and air temperature, then you will need a heat pump. When solar is not feasible, for example, there is no suitable location for panels, you can still heat your pool with the low-energy heat pump.
The system has polypropylene moulded panels and water is pumped from the pool into the panel array where is heated by the sun before being returned to the pool. A fully automated sensor activates the pump when there is sufficient solar radiation.
The heat pump uses electricity to capture heat from the air. This warm air is passed through a compressor which increases the temperature and this heat is transferred to the pool water being circulated through the pump. The warm water is then returned to the pool.
We always recommend the use of a solar pool cover with any pool heating system. The cover enables the heating system to be more efficient by helping to retain the heat.
Heat Pump Hot Water
A heat pump water heater is a unit that uses electricity to pull heat from the surrounding air and move it to a tank to heat water. This makes it more efficient than a standard electric water heater.
Heat pump water heaters come in a variety of sizes and capacity and are in general a bit larger than standard electric water heaters.
Replacing a standard electric water heater with a heat pump water heater can reduce water heating energy consumption and costs by around 60% to 70%.
Heat pump heaters can be installed in a variety of locations including garages, utility rooms or under-builds. Heat pump water heaters work very efficiently in a warm climate.
Biomass is an organic material that comes from plants and animals and is a renewable source of energy. Pellet stoves are also known as biomass stoves as the pellets they burn are usually made from compressed wood, though other materials such as olive pits or almond shells are sometimes used.
Pellet stoves are a clean burning home heating solution. The pellets are fed automatically into the burn tray where they are burnt cleanly and efficiently. The hot air generated is then blown via a fan into the room.
No, the stove can be vented through an outside wall, or though the chimney if you have one. If you already have a fireplace, you can consider a pellet insert as an alternative to a free-standing stove.
Yes, the pellet stoves use a small amount of electricity to run the fans, controls and pellet feeders.
The use interface of the pellet stove enables you to program your stove to meet your heating requirements. This can also be done via the remote control.
Solar Security Lights
The solar panel charges the internal batteries during the day. At night the solar security light illuminates when it detects motion in the same way as mains powered security lights.
The solar panels need as much direct sunlight as possible for optimal performance, but the lights have been designed to work in UK Winter time so will still work on cloudy days.
The lights are only triggered through motion, so they are ideal to help illuminate dark paths or porches and to keep out unwanted intruders.
No the lights are solar powered and do not require mains power to work but the lights are as bright as mains powered lights.