Need all your questions about solar geysers answered in layman’s terms?
If you do then you’re in the majority of South Africans who aren’t experts at anything solar! We need the guys who understand the specs like the back of their hands to make life easier for us when we’re ready to go solar.
This is what the team at Renaissance Solar is all about. They’ll filter out all the technological stuff we don’t really need to understand and paint pictures we can translate into useable information on which to base our decisions.
You’re tired of paying a major chunk of cash to an electricity supplier that relishes the fact that you can’t get power anywhere else, and now you’re ready to check out the benefits of installing a solar water heating system.
Here are some of the questions you’ll want answered before taking the plunge into great savings….and a greener planet:
How does a solar water heating system work?
The two major components of a solar water heating system are the hot water geyser and the solar collector panels. The dark blue or black surfaces of the solar collector absorb heat, which is what heats the water.
Based on the principle that hot water rises, a solar geyser is generally situated above the solar collector so that it rises into the geyser naturally.
If the geyser can’t be fitted above the solar collector for any reason, or if you’d prefer not to have the geyser visible on your roof, then the pumped system will suit you best.
The team at Renaissance Solar will explain all of this to you in depth with pleasure. This is a team passionately committed to turning the Western Cape into a solar power haven in South Africa!
What is a direct system?
A direct system is the best system for use in an area that’s frost free. With a direct system, the water is moved straight from the collector to the geyser, and vice versa.
What is an indirect system?
In the simplest of terms, the indirect system uses a heat transfer liquid such as anti-freeze or glycol between the solar collector and a heat exchanger in the solar geyser to heat the water. If you live in an area that’s prone to frost, this is the best solar water heating system to have installed.
What happens in winter?
In case you’re worried about whether you’ll have hot water when it rains or in the middle of winter, don’t be. All solar geysers are manufactured with an electrical backup element so that when it’s raining you’ll still have hot water, and you’ll still be saving money.
Because solar systems work on the radiation of the sun as well as with direct sunlight, your solar panel will still be heating water on the coldest of days.
How much money will you save?
Provided that you are given the proper information before having your system installed, which will depend on usage requirements, you will be looking at saving from 40 to 50% on your electricity bill.
This is a saving not to be scoffed at, especially when you consider that an increase in price was implemented twice between April and July 2018 at 5.23% and 7.32% respectively by Eskom.
How long will it take for the system to pay for itself?
The awesome news here is that on average you’re looking at a payback period of between 3 to 4 years, depending on the system you’ve had installed.
How long will the system last?
More really great news! You’re looking at a solar water heating system where the geyser can last up to 15 years and the panels have been know to last over 25 years. Do you really still want to stick with a geyser that needs to be replaced every five years?
Is there a lot of maintenance involved?
Renaissance Solar has a fantastic back up service that’ll be on hand to do a service every few years, depending on the system, so that it’ll last the distance and more. More than this though will not be required.
How hot will the water be?
Considering that 42 degrees Celsius is the most comfortable heat for us, you’ll be in the pound seats with a system that will heat your geyser up to 75 degrees Celsius, and sometimes more!
Any other questions?
The team at Renaissance Solar will answer as many questions as you may have, so that you’ll know exactly what to expect from the best solar water heating systems in Cape Town.
Start laying the foundation for a future free of exorbitant electricity bills by contacting Renaissance Solar today to find out more about their exceptional range of SABS tested solar products on offer.