Hot water heating...the best solar thermal products under the sun! Reflect Energy daylight solar tubes are produced in Germany and are widely acknowledged as the best available. Our supplier is a world-wide market leader at the forefront of research into thermal energy and development of solar tubes. Rustproof, lightweight and highly efficient, our robust thermal panels have a proven track record, winning awards and satisfied customers around the world. Our solar tubes come with a full 10 year product warranty and are built to give years of trouble-free performance. What are the Reflect Energy surveyors frequently asked during the free consultation visit? ‘How much will a solar thermal installation cost?’
Typical costs start from as low as £3500.00, but depend on the exact requirements of each property. At Reflect Energy we carry out a full survey and produce a detailed proposal and quotation with an indication of the pay-back on the investment.‘Will my hot water cylinder have to be replaced?’ If the cylinder does not have a spare solar heating coil, then a replacement is required. Reflect Energy will tell you during the survey and build the cost into the quotation to ensure that you know the return on investment. ‘Does my roof have to be south facing?’ For the best results a south facing roof with an angle of 30 degrees and no shade offers the best annual return. East and west facing roofs can function, but you should expect a performance decrease in the region of 20%. In installations such as these Reflect Energy endeavour to increase the area of ‘solar collectors’ on the roof to compensate for the reduction. ‘Do solar thermal systems produce hot water on a cloudy or overcast day?’ A degree of water heating is produced during cloudy or overcast days, but traditional gas or electric heating systems will be required to produce the required temperatures of a typical family home. ‘Do I need to get planning permission for the installation?’ Planning permission for residential dwellings is only required if the property is listed or in a conservation area. ‘Does the system need regular maintenance?’ A periodic (3 yearly) check should be a minimum consideration, but other than that the system needs very little maintenance. Reflect Energy can also provide a monitoring system to ensure performance is optimised. ‘How long does an install take?’ With Reflect Energy’s professional installation partners a install is normally completed in 2-3 days.