Solar heating panels are sometimes preferred for their aesthetic value.
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This technology includes the patented Low E glass which have better reflective and absorption properties.
Work's side by side with most current central heating systems and contributes all year round.
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Flat-plate panels for plentiful amounts of free hot water.
Long before photovoltaic were invented over 100 years ago, solar heating has been incorporated into our history for thousands of years.
Even more recently, people have incorporated glass windows into their architecture, to take advantage of solar heating by placing windows on a southerly orientation.
Clever architects take full advantage of free heating from the sun within their creations today, but even if you're not lucky enough to build your own 'grand design' project, you can still use the power of the sun to reduce your dependency on our 'costly' modern energy network.
Buildings being used as solar energy collectors is one thing, but the ability to condense down the sun's power into a workable source of energy for water heating is another, but with the aid of modern materials and components, the radiation that hits your roof can be utilised to heat your daily hot water requirements.
Although I don't have a flat-plate panels in use my own home, I can advocate their benefits through its technological brother called evacuated tubes - that work on exactly the same principle. My knowledge of flat-plate panels also come from working with a well-established German panel manufacturer where I worked alongside installers who routinely attach them to various roofing types either in an on-roof or in-roof styles.
Now this system is not for everyone, and one of the problems encountered today is with people who have had a Combi boiler installed in recent years and lost their storage tank. If this is your situation, then I would recommend photovoltaic solar panels instead.
The tens of thousands of people who increasingly invest in solar panels, each year, do so as a long-term benefit. The need to rely less on conventional fuel types keeps coming up time and time again.
For those that do choose flat-plate solar panels - a common reason is aesthetics or the need to camouflage, integrate or conceal the panels into the design of the house. The Velux style integration that in-roof panels provide, give new build and retrofit homes the ability benefit from solar technology without making it too obvious.
In addition, the modern materials used today have increased overall performance of solar heating panels greatly from panels produced only a few years ago. Alongside modern thermal water tank technology, both elements working together can give you bountiful amounts of free hot water for most days of the year for the next thirty years at least.
I originally began my road down the solar panel route because of the disturbing realistion that the easy flow oil and gas we have all become accustomed too, are becoming a lot more unstable and costly as more of the world's nations compete for less.
As more people encounter higher and unaffordable energy bills dropping on their welcome mats, we solar panel adopters can rest assured that the power of the sun will continue to keep ours down far into the future.
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