Solar Water Heater Basics
These days, it’s all about conserving energy. And solar water heaters can be one of the most cost-effective ways in doing so. They can be used in any climate, and the fuel they use — sunshine — is 100% free!
Why Use Solar Water Heating?
Water heating tends to be one of the highest uses of energy (right after heating and cooling). Studies range from around 15% to up to 40% of energy usage. With solar water heating, you use the heat from the sun to heat some (or all) of your water. Solar water heating is a great option for pool heating because pool usage is the heaviest when the sun in the most abundant.
Indirect Versus Direct Solar Water Heaters
•Direct systems – Direct systems, or open loop systems, heats the water that’s being used — meaning there’s no heat exchanger. These systems work best in warmer climates because they must be drained when temperatures drop to below freezing.
•Indirect systems – Indirect systems, or closed loop systems, heat an antifreeze fluid, and transfer heat through a heat exchanger to the water in the storage tank. This system is a must for those in cooler climates.
Is your Solar Water Heater Installed Properly?
Installing a solar water heater isn’t a DIY project for homeowners. These systems can lead to some pretty bad leaks, also, improperly mounted panels on the roof can cause major roof damage. So, contact a professional to get the job done right the first time.
- The North American Board Of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is known as the “gold standard” when it comes to solar heating installation – check to see if your company is accredited!
If you’re experiencing problems with your water heater or simply want to know if you need a new unit, call the experts of Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric. Our seasoned plumbers can be at your Palm Beach, Martin or St. Lucie County home in the same day.
Jupiter: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822
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