Apricus Solar Hot Water Review
There are many things to consider before buying a solar hot water system. Evacuated tube solar hot water systems are usually chosen because of their efficiency in all conditions and ability to withstand frost.
There are many brands for sale in Canberra. If you are looking for the best budget brand, check out the SolarArk Evacuated tube systems.
The best premium brand is Apricus
I would stake my reputation on Apricus evacuated tube systems . As a former President of Master Plumbers ACT, I am frequently asked to endorse, support and install other brands. However, there is still no other brand that has come close to their quality, and usability.
The average STCs for a 315 litre Apricus electric boosted system in zone 3 is 35 -37. While this is less than some other brands, Apricus electric boosted systems can be installed and tuned to be cheaper to run than most gas boosted systems. The advanced Apricus pump stations and sensors can be used to increase the efficiency and reliability of most other solar hot water brands.
Apricus solar hot water systems installed by us come standard with.
- 3 speed DZR Grundfos pumps to increase efficiency and help to increase the life of the system.
- Digital programmable controller to increase efficiency and help to reduce breakdowns and reduces repair costs. It also means the system can be finely tuned for optimum performance.
- Automatic timer with storage tank thermostat to minimise boosting for greater efficiency
- Three sensors to help increase efficiency and reduce repair costs.
- Weatherproof pump station covers. Again this reduces repair costs.
- Double overpressure protection
- Flow meters with inbuilt throttling valves to help optimise efficiency.
- Anti scald valve.
- 10 Year tank warranty.
- 15 year collector warranty.
- 5 years installation warranty.
- Adjustable pitched roof frame allowing the collectors to be installed on any roof aspect while still facing north.
For this premium brand expect to pay around 25% more for the supply and installation.
Other Apricus Benefits
- Solar ready electric storage tanks
- Worry-free solar hot water finance
Apricus stainless steel tanks for solar are available for installation in Canberra. However, because of our water quality the Apricus Vitreous enamal tanks are more common.
The most common Vitreous enamel glass lined models installed in Canberra are;
- Apricus AE-250-GL-MID-20
- Apricus AE-250-GL-BOT-20
- Apricus AE-250-GL-MID-22
- Apricus AE-250-GL-BOT-22
- Apricus AE-315-GL-MID-30
- Apricus AE-315-GL-BOT-30
- Apricus AE-400-GL-MID-30
- Apricus AE-400-GL-BOT-30
- Apricus AE-400-GL-MID-40
- Apricus AE-400-GL-BOT-40
If you need a quote for a Premium evacuated tube solar hot water system we can help.
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