Solar Water Heating

Solar Water Heating

South West Energy Services Ltd based in Plymouth, Covering Devon and Cornwall offer homeowners, landlords and developers the most environmentally friendly and efficient heating and Solar hot water systems for their domestic property.

South West Energy Services Ltd specialist solar heating engineers are a small team of highly experienced plumbing and central heating engineers based in Plymouth offering high quality installations of boilers and Solar heating systems to domestic customers throughout the Southwest. We specialise in energy efficient installations of high-grade products including condensing boilers, heat pumps, under floor heating and solar water systems across Devon and Cornwall

South West Energy Services Ltd work on all sizes of heating and hot water installations from a one-bed flat to Multi Dwelling developments. Our clients are largely domestic home owners, landlords and developers across the South West.

South West Energy Services cater for clients who want to go the extra mile and ensure they are investing in the most environmentally efficient system available to suit their personal requirements.

Our sole aim at South West Energy Services is to give you heating and hot water with the lowest possible use of fossil fuel thereby reducing carbon emissions as much as possible.

Solar Water Heating

Heat water for your home using energy from the sun

Solar water heating systems use free heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water. A conventional boiler or immersion heater is then used to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable.

How do solar water heating systems work?

Solar water heating systems use solar panels, called collectors, fitted to your roof. These collect heat from the sun and use it to warm water, which is stored in a hot water cylinder.

A boiler or immersion heater can then heat this water further until it reaches the temperature set by the cylinder's thermostat. (This should be set at 60 degrees centigrade.)

Larger solar panels can also provide energy to heat your home as well - though usually only in the summer months when home heating is unnecessary.

The benefits of solar water heating

  • Hot water throughout the year: the system works all year round, though you'll need to heat the water further with a boiler or immersion heater during the winter months.
  • Cut your bills: sunlight is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your hot water costs will be reduced.
  • Cut your carbon footprint: solar hot water is a green, renewable heating system and doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants

Is solar water heating system suitable for my home?

To tell if solar water heating is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider:

  • Do you have a sunny place to put solar panels? You'll need around 5 square metres of roof space which faces east to west through south and receives direct sunlight for the main part of the day. Alternatively, if you have space, you could install two panels, one facing east and one facing west - but this will make installation more complex and costly.
  • Do you have space for a larger, or an extra, hot water cylinder? You will need this to allow room for a solar heating coil to warm your water.
  • Is your current boiler compatible with solar water heating? Most conventional boiler and hot water cylinder systems are compatible with solar water heating. If your boiler is a combination boiler (combi) and you don't currently have a hot water tank then a solar hot water system may not be compatible.
  • Do you need planning permission? In England most solar water heating systems don't need planning permission, but it is always best to consult your local planning office if you live in a Listed Building, or a building in Conservation Area or World Heritage Site. If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you will need to consult your local authority.