Solar Thermal Panels

There are two main ways of harnessing the suns energy for use in the home.

The first is solar thermal, which uses the sun’s energy to heat water which compliments a traditional boiler and helps to reduce fuel bills by as much as 70% as well as helping the environment. Solar thermal hot water heating has been used in other European countries for many years but is still seen as being new in the UK. It has been used to great success all over the UK and is now regularly seen on our roof tops especially as all new-build properties must now have some form of renewable energy thanks to the Governments recent “code for sustainable homes”.

Solar thermal energy is the best known and most popular form of domestic renewable energy. The sun’s energy is collected by flat plate collectors or evacuated tubes (usually on the roof) which are orientated towards the sun in order to warm the property’s water. Inside the panels is a glycol mix which acts as antifreeze in order to prevent freezing in cold periods whilst preventing it from boiling in especially hot spells. This hot fluid is then passed through a twincoil cylinder (which looks very similar to traditional hot water cylinders, except for an additional flow and return that passes through the cylinder which helps to transfer the free heat from the sun into the cylinder which would otherwise just be heated by the boiler.

Manufacturers state that an average property should receive around 60-70% of the properties total hot water demands from solar thermal systems. Contrary to common belief, a lot of solar energy can still be gained from solar collectors even on cloudy days.

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M & R Plumbing & Heating Ltd is rated 5 out of 5.0 stars based on 8 review(s).

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Brilliant and professional service from Mick and his team, fitted an outside tap but explained step by step the difference between a reputable engineer and your local handy which gives you piece of mind with having a family in the house , buy cheap buy twice comes to mind , thanks again ,will recommend and use again 🙌

- Ian mason

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Small job, replacing Stop tap and outside tap that wouldn't turn off. Very pleased with how quick the job was done and Lindsay kept in touch. Would recommend.

- Carol Kidd

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Brilliant ! Mick and the lads did a marvellous job replacing my old boiler with a new one. All was carefully explained to me from the start and the job was done on time in the allotted hours given. Excellent service and I would have no hesitation in recommending this company to anybody who needs service work done.

- Simon Carey

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Called out Mick and the lads for a serious boiler fault and was treated to a excellent breakdown of what was wrong with the boiler and the cost to repair, having decided to go ahead with a new boiler installation, I was surprised with their efficiency and professionalism. The boiler was completed in the exact time frame that they specified and with minimum fuss or bother. The house was left spotless afterwards. I can highly recommend this company for anybody wanting to service or replace their hot water system.

- Simon Carey

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Cant thank mick enough for coming out today (Sunday). After being let down by two other engineers in over a week mick turned up today fixed the problem with the boiler in about an hour. Professional and great job done at a fab price and finally have heating and hot water. Highly recommend this company and mick, thank you so much

- Charlotte Fairclough

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Boiler broken down Friday night, New Worcester boiler fitted Saturday morning. Thanks to Mick and all the team for the prompt and efficient service. Julie, Blackrod Bolton.

- Julie Dickson

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What a cracking service ..our boiler broke on Sunday .we contacted the team and by wed our new boiler was installed and we were up and running ..3 of them worked till 7 at night to make sure we was warm and had hot water ..all very polite ..they left no mess and made sure we had full knowledge of how to use our new system..we now have peace and mind for the next 10 years thanks the their full 10 year parts and labour cover Thanks to you all . Will always highly recommend. Glenn Wilkes

- Glenn Willes

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Excellent service, called the office at 5.30pm with what I thought was a fault and was at my door at 6 30pm to sort out, whilst there sorted the issue and happily carried out the annual service to save me money, price was competitive and work carried out satisfactorily. Will definitely be calling these for my next year's service. Highly recommended.

- Kathryn Smith