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Housing : November 2008
Product Review You can help your clients create an energy-efficient home with the latest in hot water technology. rain, hail orshine C onsumers are more educated and concerned about their energy use around the home than ever before, and if they’ve done their homework they probably know that hot water systems alone can account for up to 25 per cent of a home’s energy use. According to Vulcan, the most efficient hot water systems on the market today are gas boosted solar. These rely mainly on the sun’s energy to heat the water, with the gas used only on cloudy days or when demand exceeds supply. One of the latest systems on the market is the Vulcan VSi160, which comes with innovative and unique ‘drain-back’ heat exchange technology. Vulcan has dubbed its new VSi160 the ‘all weather solar solution’.When the mercury drops outside, there’shot water on tap inside. The system’s square- shaped tank – combined with the latest inline gas boosting technology – works to provide endless, efficient hot water. The exclusive drain-back heat exchange design offers a safeguard against the extremes of cold and hot climates. ‘The VSi160 is a reliable, affordable and extremely efficient solar hot water solution,’ says corporate affairs manager Gareth Jennings. ‘Its dedicated, drain-back heat exchange design eliminates any risk of your solar collector freezing, or getting too hot – even when the power’sout.’ The exclusive ‘drain-back’ heat exchange design offers a safeguard against the extremes of cold and hot climates This pioneering technology means rooftop collectors, which would usually be full of glycol, empty during extreme cold or hot conditions and overnight. During cold conditions, there is literally nothing left in the collector to freeze. In order to cater to varying home sizes, Vulcan has produced two models – the 20L/min and the 26L/min models. Both come combined with an ultra high performance two-square-metre roof- mounted collector. Either option will fit like a glove into a new abode, or slot 32 HOUSING NOVEMBER 2008