Whether you decide to invest in a solar hot water system installation or not is entirely up to you – you make the rules! But, it’s a different story when someone’s making them up for you.
The internet is rife with misinformation, myths, and make-believe. It’s easy to get caught up in the cacophony of pseudo-experts and raving reddit users! So, you need to do your homework.
To help you make an informed decision that suits your needs, our specialists have busted three common myths about solar hot water systems.
MYTH 1: No Sun, No Solar
A common assumption is that solar won’t work when it’s cloudy. Although clouds can curb energy generation, solar panels will still emit energy.
Why? Because clouds don’t completely block out the sun. And anyone whose gotten sunburnt on a cloudy day will testify to this fact. Instead, solar radiation is absorbed and redirected by the clouds, reducing the amount of solar energy generated.
In fact, in some cases, clouds can actually help! Certain thin cloud layers found high in the atmosphere can scatter sunlight. In early mornings or late afternoons, this ever so slightly enhances energy generation!
However, dense, dark clouds can do more damage. In the case of storm clouds, solar generation can be reduced by 60%! That’s where gas-boosted solar comes in. When sunshine is scarce, your gas booster will kick in to heat your water immediately.
MYTH 2: Toxic To The Touch
Even if you’re browsing the obsolete thin-film (or ‘amorphous’) solar panels, they are not toxic. These prehistoric panels contained trace amounts of cadmium, which is only released if they’re broken into tiny pieces. Interestingly enough, the same goes for mobile phones and computers!
Today’s tech offers silicon crystalline solar cells, making up 96% of the world’s solar installations. The only toxic element here is a trace amount of un-leachable lead in the solders, which is also well on its way to becoming obsolete.
MYTH 3: More Energy To Manufacture
Although solar doesn’t produce any emissions while generating energy, the manufacturing process does. From glass to silicon, aluminium, and more, our planet pays a price.
Mining, manufacturing, and moving these materials will emit emissions into our atmosphere. However, your everyday solar system will counteract these emissions within three years by offering an emission-free energy source!
Whatever you decide, make sure to stick with the specialists! They’ll have a range of hot water systems and boosters to choose from.
Here at Kalamunda Plumbing, we have it all! Whether you want solar hot water systems or gas continuous flow, installations or repairs, we have the expertise you need.
If you find yourself in hot water or without it, contact us for specialist services!