solar electric

FAQ: solar panels – A guide to help you make a inform decision.

Here is a brief FAQ on solar panels.

What is solar energy?

Solar energy takes advantage of the sun’s rays to generate heat or electricity. It is an infinitely renewable resource and unique for its ability to generate energy in a quiet, clean, and consistent manner.

How do solar photovoltaic cells work?

Photovoltaic cells are comprised of a semiconductor material such as silicon. Added to the silicon are the elements phosphorous and boron which create conductivity within the cell and activate the movement of electrons. The electrons move across the cell when activated by the sunlight’s energy into the electrical circuit hooked up to the solar panel.

How much does a solar electric power system cost?

A 2kW solar electric system will cost approximately £6-13k (plus vat). That total includes the cost for all components: solar panels, panel mounts, and inverter, and labour associated with installation. It does not however, reflect all the avoided costs, such as the tax breaks and the credits received through net metering.

What’s the difference between solar photovoltaic and solar hot water systems?

These two types of solar systems both capture energy from the sun; solar photovoltaic systems use photovoltaic panels to produce electricity. Solar hot water, or thermal, systems capture sunlight to heat water for domestic use, to heat a swimming pool, or for a radiant heating system.

Can I use solar power to heat my home?

Off course! Transferring solar energy through pipes into an under floor radiant heating system is a wonderful way to stay warm. Radiant floor systems are typically 40 percent more efficient than their forced air counterpart and can be zoned to match thermal comfort to each room.

How much maintenance do solar energy panels require?

Solar photovoltaic panels require little maintenance, there’s no need to wash or dust. It is, however, important to place panels where they will remain clear of shade and debris. Thus you will have to wipe them off if too much snow or leaves fall on them.

How much will I really save on my utility bills from a home electric solar power system?

It depends, in part, on how much electricity you use and how efficient the appliances are that you operate. That said expect to generate excess electricity in the summer which can potentially offset the energy you use from the grid in the winter. A combination of energy efficient appliances and light bulbs can help reduce your homes energy bill by over two-thirds.

How long will it take to install a solar power system in my home?

Planning, configuring, and doing any custom ordering for your solar energy system can
take up to a few weeks. However, the installation process itself can typically be completed
in only a few days.

How do I know if solar panels will work on my home?

Take a look at the position of your home on its lot – and particularly your roof. Ask the following questions:

  1. Is there good southern exposure? Orienting solar panels to the south maximizes the effectiveness of energy collection.
  2. Is the exposure free of trees or buildings that could shade the panels or drop debris on them? Shading photovoltaic panels dramatically reduces their effectiveness.
  3. What is the pitch of your roof? Most roofs, from flat to 60-degrees can accommodate photovoltaic panels.

When should I seek a solar professional?

Asap as they can talk everything through. There are quirks in the process which are well suited to professionals who specialize in solar power installation. Solar installation professionals can help you determine the type and size of system most suited for your needs.

 

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FAQ: Boiler

FAQ: Boiler

Having a boiler within the home is one of the most important appliances as it help heat up your central heating, while also one of the most confusing appliances. It no wonder lots of people have so many questions, especially when it breaks down. So here is a brief guide to your most requested questions.

How much does it cost to get a new boiler?
The main thing to realise is that there are many different types of boilers on the market. I’m sure you know how important it is to find the best boiler and heating system for the home. After doing some research and unsure on which boiler is right for you and the home, Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions can talk you through the process of finding the right boiler and the cost. We can also provide you with a no obligation quote on the different type of boiler there are.

What is a combi boiler?
You might have heard while researching boiler about having a combi boiler. This is due to being really popular with the home as they provide both central heating and hot water. The biggest benefit of having a combi boiler is that it will instantaneously heat the water when a hot tap or shower is turned on, allowing you to benefit from it immediately. When looking into a combi boiler, there is no need for separate water tanks of hot water storage cylinders, making them ideal for smaller households with limited storage space.

How often do I need to have my boiler serviced?
It’s extremely import to know that boiler need to be serviced annually by a gas safety registered engineer.Having your boiler serviced every year will give you peace of mind that your appliance is operating safely and efficiently. You will also be able to save money, as there will be reduced risk of future breakdowns. Many companies require you to have your boiler serviced annually in order to keep the warranty valid. Our Gas Safe registered heating plumbers are competent in carrying out high quality services on all domestic boilers.

How do I Reset my Boiler?
If you are having problems with your boiler and believe it needs resetting, then it’s best to follow the instructions outlined in the user guide that came with your boiler. If you can’t find your user guide, you may be able to find an online copy. For some models, you may be able to turn off the boiler at the mains power to the system and turn it back on again. If you are still having trouble, feel free to get in touch with Logical Heating & plumbing Solutions on 8664 9099.

Do I have to have my boiler serviced by the company that installed it?
No – you can have your boiler serviced by any Gas Safe registered plumber. Logical Heating & plumbing solutions a boiler repair croydon company are more than happy to carry out services on your boiler, even if we weren’t the ones to install it. We are also qualified to carry out repairs and replacements if required, ensuring you benefit from an energy efficient heating solution.

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