Solar Water Heater Services
When it comes to water heater repair or water heater replacement, it’s always important to hire professionals. That doesn’t mean, though, that you can’t research different water heating options. If you’re considering replacing your water heater with an energy-efficient model, consider the benefits of solar water heaters.
Why Is Heating Water So Expensive?
For starters, it demands a considerable amount of energy. This is energy is usually generated from fossil fuels in the form of gas, electric, or oil energy. Solar heating relies on energy from the sun, which creates an efficient water heating system that is nearly free after you’ve installed the unit. Unfortunately, solar water heating isn’t inexpensive to install. It’s one of the most expensive water heating systems available. Installing a solar system requires installing roof-mounted solar thermal panels so that the sun’s energy can be used to heat water in the tank. If homeowners can shoulder the initial cost of solar panel installation, the return on investment is exponential. Because Southern California is a warm, sunny region, solar heating systems work well year-round.
Types of Solar Heating Systems
When researching solar heating systems, you’ll discover there are two kinds: active and passive. The main difference between the two types is that active units have circulating controls and pumps. Passive units are not equipped with these components. Active solar water heating systems work best in Southern California because it rarely freezes in this region. It uses direct circulation, which means that the pump moves water through the solar collectors, heats the water, and moves it back into the home. Active systems tend to be more expensive than passive solar water heater systems. Being more expensive, though, doesn’t necessarily mean more reliable.
Passive systems tend to last longer due to their integral collector-storage features. They also are better for homes with high hot water needs. However, it’s important that your plumbing contractor is knowledgeable about installing passive units. Because of their heaviness, contractors have to pay attention to the weight limit and design of the room. Passive units need proper support to handle the weight. When considering solar heating, weigh the pros and cons of this system. Although solar energy is completely free, there are some drawbacks.
Here are some advantages to consider:
- Solar thermal panels are efficient. You’ll save a lot of money on fuel/utility bills.
- Although solar water heating systems are expensive to install, homeowners may qualify for tax incentives and credit at federal, state, and local levels.
- Homeowners reduce their carbon footprint.
Here are some disadvantages to consider:
- The high initial cost to install.
- Requires annual maintenance to ensure that all parts work together for efficient water heating.
Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter works with homeowners every day who are interested in installing solar water heating systems. From the initial install to annual maintenance and assistance with filling out paperwork for tax credits, our expert contractors know what they’re doing. To learn more about how these systems work and if it’s right for your home, contact us today.