April 24

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PURCHASING TIPS WHEN GETTING A SOLAR WATER HEATER

Factors to consider when buying a solar heater include the pressure systems, Lifeline and warranty, Water source, the types of solar heater, and the tanks used.

Conversations around clean energy have dominated the headlines for all good reasons. Solar energy has been rightly involved in this conversation due to its environmentallyfriendlynature. Stakeholderswithin the energy sector have intensified calls to move towards the solar energy route as the reliable and preferred energy frontier. Africa is naturally blessed with a lot of suns, this is an advantage to us if used correctly

The Government of Kenya is at the forefront of implementing policies to enhance the use of solar power. The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority [EPRA] recently issued a directive targeting all commercial n residential buildings requiring the use of solar heating equipment where the water consumption is over 100 liters.With this solar heaters have been selling quickly. Thisleaves an open window for all rogue dealers to take advantage of the market needs

WHY PREFER SOLAR HEATERS

They are cheap as they reduce the bill by, more than half and have low maintenance costs

No harmful emissions to the environment

Unlimited energy

FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING SOLAR HEATERS

When thinking of buying one, there are a variety of factors to look out for such as

The source of water

Water is categorized as hard water and soft water, the difference between these is the minerals found in the.Thesetwo usedifferent heating systems i.e. direct and indirectsystems The direct system is used for heating soft water sources where the water is directly heated by the heater

The indirect system is used for hard water. The water is first heated by a liquid that heats the solar heater.Hd water contains minerals that cause corrosion and blockages to the collection tubes

The Solar heater type and its work

This is the biggest determinant of solar heater prices in Kenya. They are broadly grouped into two categories of solar collectors

   ETC [Evacuated Tube Collectors]

They have a higher heat retention capacity

Suitable for both climates

Made of glass thus being delicate

Used for both loop systems

FPC [Flat plate collectors]

They are more durable

Made of metal hence easy to handle and install

They are bulky and cost a lot more

Best used in tropical climates

The metal lowers its heat retention capacity

Used for both loop systems

The tank used

The tank should be able to withstand and retain heat for at least 60 hours. A good tank should be thick, enamel-coated made of cast iron. The tank should have more measures observed to cater for food cooked with the preheated water. The enamel coating helps prevent rusting

The lifespan and warranty

This is vital information that should not be overlooked when purchasing a solar heater.It is your right as a client to get a product that guarantees you your value for money. This is important for both clients and big organizations.The lifespan and warranty are to be matched, this also has a big impact on the solar water heater prices in Kenya.

Water pressure system

Clients should always consider the water pressure within the houses.This is required to get an equilibriumbetween the solar heating system and the supply. There is the pressurized and non-pressurizedsystem, when chosen wrongly the heater will not work

CONCLUSION

Technology keeps evolving and with this comes the need to continuously use solar heaters in work and home setups which need the sun to be charged. Understanding which one to use for your home and office is all dependent on the above factors and more. Getting the correct supplier for your solar heater is key in ensuring it performs its work as intended.Most dealers will offer free installations and any maintenance within the given warranty period. A popular brand to consider is Seven star solar water heater.


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