There's no greater feeling than starting your day off with a nice, hot shower. But keeping the water hot isn't always the cheapest thing to do, as electricity and gas water heaters can get costly if they are kept running with lots of long showers. Arguably the best alternative is having a solar water heating system installed, harnessing the free energy from the sun to heat up your water so you can enjoy your long hot showers without having to worry about your power bill skyrocketing. Solar water heating is a great long-term solution to your homes water heating needs, saving you money over time and providing you an environmentally conscious solution.
How It Works
Traditional water heaters burn fuels or use electricity to heat water and store it in tanks, ready to be used when required, whereas solar water heating runs water through a collector that uses the heat from the sun to warm up small pipes containing the water, cycling it through to a storage tank to be used when you need hot water. Most systems also come with an electric back up that can run off mains or solar power, for those rainy and cold days. A common misconception is that it needs to be sunny for solar heaters to work, but even cloudy days can still provide enough solar energy to heat the water.
If you have an existing hot water system in your home, the installation of solar hot water heating can be a quick process. The collector gets installed on the roof of your home in the position best suited to getting as much sun as possible through the day, and the plumbing will be connected to your existing hot water system. When you hire a licensed technician this process is completed quickly and without hassle. Many contractors, however, can take shortcuts, not knowing the best methods of installation which can lead to parts not being installed correctly. This can cause your system to run at a lower efficiency, and even be unsafe for your home.
When your existing water heater starts to age and becomes less efficient, your power bill can rise quite quickly as your water heating system struggles to keep up. Repairing and maintaining them can help improve that efficiency, but constant maintenance can be expensive and time-consuming. Solar water heating is reliable and extremely cost-effective when you consider that no gas or electric power is needed to heat your water. In order to get the full potential of the energy from the sun, the solar heating systems are designed to be extremely efficient and require minimal servicing to maintain this efficiency.
Keeping traditional water heaters running at their best requires constant maintenance, with many of the parts involved in heating the water being expensive to repair and maintain. Solar water heating systems are extremely simplistic since the main heating process is being left to the sun instead of complex heating mechanisms that can break down easily. Solar water heating systems are simple to maintain, requiring quick and infrequent checks to make sure there aren't any blockages in the system and that the parts are all running smoothly. SLC Solar Panel Pros can provide a quick and simple maintenance service to make sure you get the most of your new system while saving you money over the long term.