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Heat Recovery Systems, How They Work And Why Every Boat And Home Should Have One

    If you own a houseboat and plan to live on the water for most of the year, comfort will be one of your top priorities. Whether it is increasing the amount of lighting and technology you have aboard, or keeping warm on those especially cold evenings, being comfortable on the water can make a big difference in your eco-sustainable lifestyle. 

Keeping that in mind, we are going to focus on a piece of equipment that every houseboat should have and that is a heat recovery system. What is a heat recovery system and why is it such a necessity?

What Is A Heat Recovery System?

A heat recovery system is a specially designed system which uses the warm, stale air that is normally drawn to the outside of a boat or building to heat the cold air being drawn into the boat or building. Why is this important? Most of the energy used in a home or houseboat is consumed to keep it more comfortable. In fact, up to 60% of the total energy usage is used to do so. If we can make this process more efficient, we can reduce our energy usage by a significant amount. 

Comfort And Efficiency

 To do this, we use a heat recovery system. The purpose of a heat recovery system is to keep the inside of your boat or home more comfortable. Reducing energy usage and being environmentally friendly are all added benefits that make a heat recovery system even more important. From keeping the inside of the boat dry and preventing condensation, to ensuring that the air inside the boat or home is cleaner through the use of specially designed filters which prevent dust from entering the boat, a heat recovery system can serve a wide range of purposes. Since between 75-90% of the heat is retained, less heat is required to heat the home or boat. This, in itself, makes it essential for any boat owner looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

Every Boat Should Have A Heat Recovery System

 Having said all of this, it is easy to see why every home and boat should have a heat recovery system professionally fitted. Heat recovery systems are inexpensive, eco-friendly and they can keep your boat or your home much more comfortable and inviting. Are there any drawbacks to a heat recovery system? Some people say that they hear a slight hum when the system is running, but nothing overly intrusive. 

Contact Thames Solar Electric 

To learn more about eco sustainability when living on the water, contact Thames Solar Electric and speak with a Solar Electric Propulsion System (SEPS) expert who can answer your questions and assist you with living a more eco-sustainable lifestyle today! If you enjoyed this article, please feel free to share it on your favourite social media sites.    

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Lead Acid V Lithium Ion- The Advantages And Disadvantages 


 As the debate over which type of battery, lead acid or lithium ion, is best continues, there are some valid points on each side. And, depending on the intended purpose for each, both battery types are equally matched. Still, one has to be better than the other, right?

 For houseboat owners, we know that traction lead acid batteries are useful on board, especially when trying to be as eco-sustainable as possible. And, with that being said, we are going to take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of lead acid and lithium ion batteries. Let’s get started:

 The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Lead Acid And Lithium Ion Batteries

 Weight- lead acid batteries are typically 3 times the weight per KWH than lithium ion batteries, making them good for ballast on a boat. Lithium ion batteries are more suited for use in an automobile due to their lighter weight. 

Cost- lead batteries are a third to a quarter of the price of lithium ion battery. This makes them an affordable solution when living a sustainable lifestyle on a houseboat. 

Life Span- the typical industrial traction lead cells we offer are rated to 500 cycles if discharged to 20%, which is highly irregular. But for their most common daily use cycle, which is down to 80%, they are rated to 5000 cycles, far more than a lithium ion battery. Although lithium ion manufactures will tell you that they are rated to 2000 cycles, I think that we all know that after having a cell phone for 2 years, there is a massive drop in capacity and that’s after just 700 cycles. 

Maintenance- this is where lithium has lead beaten hands down, although our traction cells come with self-watering systems so, apart from the monthly checks, there isn’t a lot to do. 

On-Grid/Off Grid Applications- where lithium ion batteries are good for a grid connected system, because they like to be totally discharged and fully charged at least once a month, they are not the best choice for an off grid application such as on a boat. 

Recyclable- lead acid batteries are 99% recyclable, which makes them the eco-friendly choice over lithium ion batteries, which are not yet recyclable. In 

Conclusion

 We love our old tech batteries – and, until the price is seriously reduced, we will be sticking with them. Please feel free to ask any questions – I’d gladly advise if I can! 

Contact Thames Solar Electric To learn more about eco sustainability when living on the water, contact Thames Solar Electric and speak with a Solar Electric Propulsion System (SEPS) expert who can answer your questions and assist you with living a more eco-sustainable lifestyle today! If you enjoyed this article, please feel free to share it on your favourite social media sites. 
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