If you’re considering installing a solar hot water system, you’re probably wondering – will my solar hot water work during winter? In short: yes. Even if you live in an area where you temperatures drop below zero, solar hot water systems are built to accommodate harsh winter conditions. You just need to find the right hot water and solar technician to install your system. Keep reading to learn more.
Solar Hot Water Heaters During Winter
Often, the areas that experience the coldest temperatures in winter, also receive plenty of sunlight. Therefore, the main issue is one of freeze prevention. As we saw in Melbourne last year, solar panels that aren’t fitted with frost protection are prone to bursting, splitting and snapping.
Solution? Have a quality solar panel system installed that has been designed for colder climates and all weather conditions.
If you live in a region that experiences frost or snow, even if it’s only once or twice during the entire winter, you will need to have a frost-protected system installed. These systems use a special antifreeze fluid to prevent damage when temperatures drop. They are more durable than cheaper or older models that aren’t fit for purpose and could leave you with thousands of dollars worth of repairs.
Heat Pump Hot Water
A traditional solar hot water system consists of roof-mounted solar collectors and a storage tank at ground level. A heat pump, on the other hand, still uses renewable energy and saves you money on your electricity bill; it just doesn’t require solar panels. In brief, a hot water pump draws in external air which is used to turn a refrigerant into a gas which is then compressed. The resulting heat is then pumped into a water tank. Result = hot water. Apart from their environmental and cost-saving credentials, one of the best features of heat pump hot water is their effectiveness in the coldest of temperature (up to minus 10 degrees).
Solar Hot water Systems in Nowra & Shoalhaven
Shoalhaven Hotwater & Elements has a range of solar hot water systems and heat pumps suited to different weather conditions including:
- Roof mounted systems (non-frost and frost protected systems)
- Loline Systems
- Premier Loline Split Solar Systems (frost protected)
- Mpi series heat pump
- Hdi-310 heat pump
- Solar Collectors
Get a solar hot water quote or talk to our team of experts.