What you need to know before installing a solar water heater in Kenya?
27th December 2018
High electricity bills have become a source of pain for many Kenyans. With every passing day, the power costs keep increasing eating in to your savings and piling financial pressure. This gets worse for those who are using electric heaters to heat water for bathing. So what should somebody do to reign on costs? One can decide to take a shower with cold water but that won’t improve your quality of life. How about trying a solar water heater?
What is a solar water heater?
A Solar Water Heater is a device which provides hot water for bathing, washing, cleaning, etc. using solar energy. It is generally installed at on the roof of a house or where sunlight is available and heats water during day time which is stored in an insulated storage tank for use when required including mornings.
How do solar water heaters work?
A Solar Water Heater comprises of an array of solar collectors to collect solar energy and an insulated tank to store hot water. Both are connected to each other.
During the day time, water in solar collectors gets heated and either pumped or flows automatically on thermosyphon principle to the storage tank. Hot water then stored in the tank can be used for various applications.
Does Mayu Solar Water Heaters work in any weather?
Solar water heaters can operate in any weather. Performance varies depending, in part, on how much solar energy is available at the site. On cloudy days also, if it is for a day or two, you still get warm water as water gets heated due to diffused radiation available in the atmosphere. Kenya is lucky to have sunlight good sunlight for at least 300 days a year.
What types of solar water heater is suitable for my house?
We choose the size and type of solar water heater to install based on several factors including the size of family, bathing habits, number of bathrooms, plumbing area, available space for installation, use of pressurized pumps, direction and availability of sunlight, etc.
Mayu solar majorly deals with two types of solar water heaters – evacuated tube (heat pipe) collectors and flate plate collectors. Evacuated tube systems are more affordable than flat plate based systems and work very well in cold areas. Flat plate system do better in areas with hard water.
Mayu Evacuated tube Solar Water Heater
Are there any prerequisite before installing a solar water heater?
A survey of your place will be made by Mayu Solar experts and a proper guideline will be provided to you.
Do I have to re-do plumbing at my house before installing a solar water heater?
Generally not required. Minor changes may be required. Mayu Solar technicians will advise accordingly after conducting a site survey.
What is the cost of installing a Solar Water Heater in Kenya?
Actually purchasing a Mayu Solar water heater should not be treated as an expense but rather as a cost. It is a very good investment that will lead to lots of future saving. It not only saves money but also the environment.
The cost of a solar water heater depends on size and type of system installed. The most common system is 200 litres solar water heater which is sufficient for a family of 3-4 members. The cost, however, does not increase linearly with increase in capacity; rather it comes down proportionately as we go for higher capacity system.
To get an actual quote contact us on +254 722 888362.
Why should I install a solar water heater and how much can I save?
A 200 litres per day capacity system suitable for 3-4 people can save up to 2,000 units of electricity in a year, depending on hot water used. Higher capacity systems will save higher amount of electricity besides reducing higher amount of gas emissions.
Electricity is expensive and is not always available due to power blackout in many areas when required for heating water. Solar Water Heater, since it stores hot water in an insulated tank, provides water all the time when required.
How do I ensure that a quality solar water heater is installed in my house?
There are many substandard solar water heaters currently being retailed in Kenya which fail shortly after installation. It is prudent to ensure that your solar water heater is supplied and installed by a company licensed and accredited by the energy regulatory commission (ERC). Mayu Solar is accredited by ERC and had installed more than a thousand solar water heaters in Kenya. We are so confident about our systems that we give our clients 7 years warranty on tank and tubes / plate and 2 years free service.