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    DOMESTIC SOLAR THERMAL

    Solar thermal collectors absorb the energy from the sun and use it to heat water for local use, even during winter. The collected heat can be distributed later for production water use or heating support in the kitchen and bathroom as well as for  industrial processes.

    There are two basic types of collector available; flat plate or the more efficient vacuum tube collectors. Both absorb the suns heat and transfer it via fluids that circulates between the collectors and the heat exchange unit in the storage tank

    The solar thermal system – as well as the whole boiler and heating system – is being operated by efficient control units that offer optimal conditions for your home.

    Helios Solutions supply some the most efficient  collectors from some of Europe’s most reputable brands. Contact our team, or visit our store today to find out more.

    The vacuum tube solar collector is a durable advanced product of solar technology. They’re 20% more efficient than flat plate collectors during winter as there visual design aesthetics, can absorb diffused radiation easier and reduced heat loss through its vacuum. This ensures there is maximum absorption of sunlight throughout the day.

    Flat plat collectors offer the same durability and even higher performance than vacuum tube collectors at a much lower price. They also provide a higher rate of return on investment as they have a greater efficiency when working during the summer months. There has been a growth in popularity of these collectors as banks and governments issue preferential loans and subsidies.

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    FAQ

    Does solar thermal really work in the European?
    Contrary to popular belief Europe is ideally suited to implementing high efficient solar water heating system. The is mainly due the region receiving medium to high intensity of sunlight covered during winter and summer periods. With that said Helios Solutions does offer a specially developed range of solar collectors that utilise both direct and indirect radiation in areas that are exposed to lower levels of sunlight.
    Do I need planning permission?
    Unless your home is a listed building or located in a registered conservation site, planning permission is unnecessary. This is because all installations of solar panels or collectors would be covered by the right to permitted development. However, we always recommended to check with your local planning office or consult an installer. For further advice please visit the Planning Portal , Energy Saving Trust or the Micro-generation Certification Scheme website's.
    How cost effective is it?
    A solar thermal systems main advantage is its low maintenance cost design. The only associated cost of running the system will maintaining the pump, which circulates the glycol mix down from the panel or collector to your hot water cylinder. With that in mind, the pump will only run when the temperature difference between the panel and the hot water cylinder is greater than 8'c.
    What should I consider when buying Solar thermal?
    The cost of having a system installed varies depending on the homes properties. For example “Is there an existing solar unit on the house?”, “Do you have a regular type boiler, rather than a Combi boiler?” All of which can vary the cost. Common questions to also consider are "will the panels be fitted in-roof or on-roof?" and “how easy is it to access the roof?” Always consult your installer before purchase.
    What is a typical saving?
    A well-sized solar water heating system can offset up to 60% of your annual hot water requirements leading to lower energy bills. In hotter climates this can even exceed 80% of your yearly demand. The greatest contributor to solar thermal is reducing your carbon footprint and fuel costs if you live or are partially off-grid.
    Will my SHW system only work on a south facing house?
    Solar in general works differently depending in which hemisphere you’re in. If you live the northern hemisphere it’s best to face it south. If in southern face it north. However, if your property has a suitable roof surface which faces towards the east and west then you will still benefit from a solar thermal system. One of our sales team or a qualified installer can and will be able to assist you on the topic.