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One of the best ways to save on your energy bill is with the use of solar water heaters . There are lots of choices when it comes to solar water heaters, which means it can be difficult to know which one is right. Choosing the right model and having it professional installed can be easy because we’ll connect you with reputable contractors in our network that can help.

Types of Solar Water Heaters

There are two basic types of solar water heaters: active and passive. Active water heaters have a pump that circulates water inside the unit, while passive models do not. Among active and passive models, there are several different variations including:

Active

  • Direct Circulation System – Gathers water in collectors and then circulates it into the home
  • Indirect Circulation System – A heat transfer fluid is pumped into the water before it is circulated into the home

Passive

  • Integral Collector Storage System – The system collects and stores water and gathers sun’s rays to heat it
  • Convection Heat Storage Unit – Consists of two separate parts, the storage tanks and the collector
  • Thermosyphon Systems – Warm water automatically flows into the system when cool water enters the holding tank and sinks, thereby pushing warm water to the top

Advantages of Solar Water Heaters

Aside from saving money on your energy bill, there are a number of other reasons to consider solar water heaters. Using solar energy to heat water greatly reduces the amount of CO2 emissions since no electricity is needed. Consumers can have hot water even during a power outage. Although they tend to be more expensive, solar water heaters also last longer than gas or electric models do since there are no moving parts to wear out. This makes them a sound investment, because they will not need to be replaced as often. Special financing rebates or incentives are often available to help offset the cost of these heaters, making them even more lucrative to consider.

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Who can Benefit?

While most solar water heaters are placed in private homes, they can actually be used almost anywhere. There are models available that are ideal for smaller commercial buildings such as offices, day care centres, restaurants, and retail stores. Businesses that use a large amount of hot water can also benefit as there are models available that are ideal for hospitals, schools, nursing homes, detention centers and even commercial laundry facilities.

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Where are Solar Water Heaters Installed?

Before a solar water heater can be installed, the right location needs to be chosen. Ideally, this will be in an area that receives the maximum amount of sunlight each day. There should be enough space available for the solar panels that are needed to heat the water. This ranges from 2.5 to 4.6 square metres of solar panel space. The tank should also be located in an area that is free from obstructions such as fences, shrubs and retaining walls. Since solar heaters are often inserted into the ground, there should not be any underground utility lines near the area where the heater is being located.

Solar Water Heater Costs

These vary based upon the size of the unit being installed. The type of unit and number of solar panels required also plays a part, and this requirement varies from one region to the next. More elaborate systems and a higher number of solar panels are needed in areas where temperatures regularly dip below freezing. This means that solar heater installation in these areas can end up costing more than it would in milder climates. Local building codes and plumbing that is in poor repair can all increase the cost of solar water heaters substantially as well.

Your solar water heater questions answered

What are solar water heaters?

Solar water heaters are used to heat water for a home without the use of electricity, gas or oil. They utilise the heat put out by the sun during the day, so they're more cost-efficient and better for the environment.

What types of solar water heaters are there?

There are two types of solar water heaters: passive and active. Passive solar water heaters simply allow the sun's heat to warm the water and they work best in areas where temperatures don't typically fall below freezing. Active solar water heaters have circulating pumps and controls.

Where is the best place to install a solar water heater?

Solar water heaters work best in areas where it does not fall below freezing very often, and where the solar panels can be installed in a location where they are not shaded by trees or other buildings.

Are solar water heaters energy efficient?

Solar water heaters are extremely efficient. Installing one of these solar devices can actually result in a 50-80% drop in your energy usage over the course of one year. This will, of course, depend on a variety of factors.

Will a new solar water heater be able to supply me with hot water at night?

Yes. A solar water heater collects water, heats it to the desired temperature, and dispenses it where and when needed to ensure it is always available.

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