Solar Geyser Installation
In South Africa, the cost of electricity has been climbing relentlessly over the last few years. Luckily, there are things we as consumers can utilize to lessen the blow of the rising cost of electricity and live more green. One of them is having a solar geyser installed in your home. Not only will you save on your electricity bill, but you will still have hot water, regardless of power outages.
Solar geysers provide an excellent alternative for heating water. Water is being heated by the sun in a safe and sustainable manner. It works on two basic principles: Dark object absorb more heat than light objects and when water temperature rises due to density differences between hot and cold water, which is also referred to as the thermo-siphon effect. The solar geyser has three main parts: the collector, the tank and the energy transfer fluid.
Solar geyser systems can be designed to function as a high water pressure system or a low water pressure system. Naturally, the high water pressure system is more costly due to the fact that the materials need to be of higher quality and stronger to withstand the pressure of the system. Low pressure systems on the other hand, do not need that as they only need to be able to carry the weight of the water they already contain. This system also does not require any additional valves to regulate the system like a high water pressure system does.
Installation of Solar geyser systems:
The close-coupled geyser system is the most energy efficient and the solar geyser installation most used. It has a roof mounted collector combined with a mounted storage tank located above the collector. A split-coupled system is a solar geyser system where the storage tank is not placed at the same spot as the collector, usually inside the roof of the property. If you have a cement tile roof, tin metal strips can be used to fasten the solar collector. Alternatively, it will be more secure to fasten the collector through the roof to a cross beam on the inside.
- To ensure you get your money’s worth, look for the SABS approved solar geyser.
- Look for a system registered with the Eskom subsidy scheme
- Ensure that you find a trusted contractor to install your solar geyser
- Make sure you have a guarantee for the solar geyser
Eskom offers rebates on all solar geysers, hence it is installed by a registered contractor.
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