SOLAR HEATING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How can I tell if my house is suitable for a solar heating system?
You will need to have a shade-free area on your roof to install the solar panels, or alternatively a wall or area at ground level, preferably south-facing. AJK Services engineers will survey your property during their no-obligation visit to check that it is suitable.
2. How long does it take to install in a solar heating system?
Our engineers can usually complete an installation between one to three days depending on the size of the house and the solar heating system.
3. Will the system take up much room in my house?
Additional space is needed to accommodate the extra water storage capacity. There are several options available to you and your engineer will run through all of them in advance of the installation.
4. Will there be a need for regular maintenance of the system?
Like other heating and plumbing installations, the solar system may from time to time occasionally need some maintenance, however this is usually minimal.
5. Will I need planning permission for the installation of a domestic solar heating system?
Unless your home is a Listed Building or in a Conservation Area then you will not normally need planning permission. However, AJK Services recommends that the local planning authority should be consulted just in case, as rules vary between different authorities.
6. Surely I will only benefit from the solar heated water during times of good weather, something that isn't characteristic of the UK?
The newer vacuum tube solar panels are unaffected by things like wind chill or cooler air temperatures due to their vacuumed structure which allows them to absorb whatever solar radiations is available even on cold or dull days. This means the system can provide constantly hot water for eight months of the year and will assist your existing traditional system during the winter.