Undoubtedly the most environmentally friendly way of producing electricity for the home is solar collectors. The investment in solar collector is large, but the return is fast - with the production of alternative energy that you will get your money back in 7 to 15 years.
As we all know, the Solar collector collects heat from the sun and turns it into energy that can heat the water in your house or use it for heating. Of course, in the winter when the sun is much weaker, we still cannot rely on solar collectors as the main source of electricity for the home.
See what else you need to know before you decide to install a solar collector at home.
1. When installing a solar collector to heat the water, consult a specialist. Work with companies that have any of the following certifications - CE, ISO and Inmetro,like BABYSUN brand.
2. Solar collector should be installed on this side of the roof, which faces south and over which no shadow falls, at an angle of 20 to 50 degrees. If your roof is flat or you want to install the collector on the ground, you can order a special slant frame. I will need at least 2-5 sq.m. roof space, and you may need to add an extra water tank.
3. There are two main types of solar collectors - flat panel solar collectors and vacuum tube solar collectors. The latter are more efficient and therefore more expensive. Flat panels, on the other hand, are easier to install on roofs.
4. Not all modern water heaters can be connected to such a system, so you may need to add an additional tank or water heater. Ask a specialist first if your boiler is suitable for connection to a manifold, or can buy solar collector with tank together.
5. The best use of solar collectors is to heat the water in swimming pools, since the water surface attracts much more solar radiation.
6.Using solar collectors is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. A two-man home system can save 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.