This could help to reduce your gas bills and keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
Your Resident Liaison Officer Having a new central heating appliance fitted is a big job.
There are two types of solar panel systems: flat plate photovoltaic (PV) panels, and tube systems.Flat plate systems are more robust, less expensive and require less maintenance than the tube systems and they are the more visually attractive option also.Most people are familiar with solar panels and they are probably the most popular choice for those looking to make a more sustainable choice for heating water.Solar panels work by collecting energy from the sun via solar collectors which are positioned on south-facing side of a roof and distributing it back into the house using an air or water network.To maximise the efficiency for these systems it is also very important that you home is very well insulated and draught-proofed.
There is a grant of €1,200 for installing solar heating and €600 for upgrading your heating controls and €700 for upgrading your boiler and heating controls.
There are two main types of system, air-to-water or air-to-ground.
The air to water system will require a unit mounted outside to collect the heat from the air. This unit is quite large and not very attractive so you will need to plan its location carefully. They work by collecting the heat stored in the ground by heating water in a network of tubes buried underground.
You can calculate how many and what size radiators you will need yourself (there are various rough calculators available online to help), or ask your heating engineer to do this for you.
A room’s overall heating need is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU) and radiator manufacturers and suppliers will provide the BTU output for each model.
The tube system however tends to work a little better in the winter when the Sun is at a lower angle and is the better choice if you roof is not well orientated toward the Sun.