Solar Hot Water Heater
One of the most commonly cited sources of renewable energy is solar power. The sun can provide direct energy through panels, but also through the heating of water via solar hot water heaters. Baker & Sons installs, maintains and repairs solar hot water heaters in the Greater Sarasota and Bradenton, FL area.
Solar Hot Water Heater Installation
Solar hot water heaters come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common form is a flat plate collector. Installed on your roof or an equally viable south-facing surface above any major shade points, a flat plate collector collects the energy produced by the sun even on cloudy days. These insulated boxes use an absorption plate that is specially designed to maximize the amount of energy transferred from the sun’s rays into your hot water supply.
There are two types of heat transfer systems to go with the hot water panels installed on your roof. The first is direct heat transfer. In direct heat transfer, water is circulated through the flat panels and then through your home.
In an indirect heat transfer system, coolant is used to transfer the heat collected into a hot water heater through a series of coiled pipes in a heat exchanger. Heat passes from the coolant, through the pipes, and into the water. It is then channeled into your home where it can be used for showering, washing machines or dish washing throughout the day.
Baker & Sons AC recommends an indirect system if you frequently experience freezing temperatures during the winter. It will ensure the water is not exposed to the elements. It also makes it easier to install a backup hot water tank for those prolonged periods of cloudiness.
There are many other forms of solar hot water heaters as well, including evacuated tube collectors and batch collection systems that use insulated tubing to heat water directly through your solar panels. Whichever form of hot water heating you think will fit your home best, you can rest easy knowing that Baker & Sons can help you make the perfect decision, install your system and keep it running for years to come.
Solar Hot Water Heaters Maintenance
One of the greatest benefits of a solar hot water heater is that it will work year round, even on days when the sun is not at its hottest. However, to keep a solar hot water heater working properly, you need to keep up with a regular maintenance schedule.
Without maintenance, solar panels can become cloudy, pipes may grow old or start leaking, and your heat exchanger may lose efficiency. That’s why annual maintenance is necessary for any solar heating system. In particular, active systems need the same regular maintenance as the rest of your plumbing and if you live in a dry climate, the glazing on your panels may become cloudy.
If your system includes motors or electronic parts, expect replacements and repairs to be needed at least every 10 years. Beyond those, a well maintained system can last for decades.
Solar Hot Water Heater Options
A good solar hot water heater is a fantastic investment for you and your family. Cutting out a significant chunk of the cost of heating from your household bills and tapping into the limitless powers of the sun, solar hot water is a reality that almost any homeowner can not only afford, but can benefit from immediately.
If you’re ready to take the leap and change the source of your hot water, contact Baker & Sons AC today to setup a consultation and estimate for your hot water system.