What Are the Three Main Types of Solar Hot Water?

June 24, 2020

When you are looking for a great way to heat up water and cut back on energy costs, installing solar hot water systems in Coffs Harbour can be the solution you were looking for.

North Coast Power and Water can help you to understand the differences between three main types of solar hot water.

Types of hot water system

Hot water from solar energy uses natural sunlight to heat solar panels, which is then transferred into a reservoir tank containing liquid, which then turns into hot water.

There is also another alternative way to collect hot water, using a heat pump system.

Solar plate collector

In this type of hot water system, the heat from solar rays is collected on a flat solar panel, and is then passed through the hot water system.

Water can be stored for future use in an insulated tank, and may provide between 50 and 100% of the hot water for your household. The variations will depend upon the type of panels you use, and how efficient your system is in collecting and retaining heat.

North Coast Power and Water can give you more information about these types of panel collection systems for hot water.

Tube collection systems

Unlike the solar panel system, which is often combined with energy collection for electricity, in tube water collection, there are a number of smaller glass tubes which have absorbing plates inside.

The tubes collect heat and passes it to either a heat transfer liquid, or directly to the water you will be using in your home.

If you live in a colder region of Australia, tube collectors are likely to be your hot water system of choice.

Pumping systems

More unusually, you may choose a solar pump system.

These pumps take the heat from the atmosphere, rather than collecting heat from rays, and while they need electricity to run, they can operate at 75% less fuel use than heating up the water using a traditional boiler system.

Making the right choice

The type of water system you need in your home will depend upon a number of factors.

If you want to ask more questions about using solar hot water systems in Coffs Harbour, then North Coast Power and Water will be happy to help you. Send us a message today with your questions, or call us on 02 6651 4333 now.

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