solar boosted electric & gas hot water
Choosing a professional to install, service and repair your Solar hot water system in the Cairns area can get your anxiety going at the best of times. Its time to rest easy! Your local experienced team of plumbers and gas fitters at Plumbnorth are here to help with any situation which may arise, keeping your property functional, and your family safe.
These types of hot water heaters are more environmentally friendly. There are two main types of solar hot water systems – Close coupled and Open coupled or split systems.
- Close coupled solar is when the whole solar hot water system is installed on the roof, with the tank sitting above the solar collector panels. It is a good idea to have the system on the northern side of the roof, preferably away from any shady trees. This will enable the sun to give the panels maximum energy to optimise the hot water collected.
The sun heats the water as thermosyphoning moves it through the panels. There is minimal heat loss due to the direct heat transfer and there are no moving parts, meaning very few problems. To minimise the visual impact, the tank casing can be ordered in a variety of colours to blend with your roof.
- Open coupled or split system solar hot water system is when the storage tank is on the ground and the solar panels are on the roof, giving a more streamlined look to your roof. These models use a circulating pump to feed the water through the collector panels to heat up and then back to the storage tank. It is important with either system that it is installed correctly to gain maximum savings and hot water.
Please note the open coupled systems consist of a lot of moving parts and components which require regular maintenance and can be quite costly to repair, so please be aware of this before selecting. For any repairs, servicing and installations of solar hot water systems, please consider your local team of solar hot water experts at Plumbnorth for the best advice and service from start to finish.