Solar panel Hot Water systems use solar panels, called collectors, fitted to your roof. These collect heat from the sun and use it to heat up water which is stored in a Hot Water cylinder. A boiler or immersion heater can be used as a back-up to heat the water further to reach the temperature you want
This type of Hot Water cylinder is a fantastic option as it’s space saving, energy efficient and gives outstanding performance.
These type of Hot Water cylinders rely on the mains water to provide high pressure Showers.
As long as your incoming mains pressure is good this is normally the number one choice.
Traditional Hot Water vented cylinders need a cold water storage tank to fill them and require an open vent for the expansion.
This option is normally now only used when the incoming water mains pressure is low.
Vented cylinders can be used in conjunction with pumps to boost the water mains.
Thermal stores are very common in purpose built properties circa 1990-2005 and were most commonly made by Gledhill.
They work by storing a body of Hot Water and passing mains water through a plate heat exchanger.
It’s not very common to install thermal stores anymore, with the advancement in Hot Water unvented cylinders its almost always the better option.
Apart from the instant boiling tap these Hot Water systems come in two options, indirect and direct:
would normally be found in a property that doesn’t have gas. It doesn’t require a boiler to heat it as it uses normal two immersion heater elements.
The average labour only installation cost for an Instant Hot Water tap is around £250