Installing a Solar Water Heater Could Make Financial Sense

One of the largest energy consuming appliances in your home is your water heater. Keeping a constant supply of hot water for your home can be inefficient and if you have a large family you will require a large amount of hot water. By installing a solar water heater on your home, you can reduce your demand for electricity or natural gas, saving you money and improving the environment. This article is meant to give you a basic understanding of solar water heaters and put you in a better position to decide if one is right for you.

Most people want to know how a solar water heater works. The answer is far more complex than you might think. In short, water is pumped through solar energy collectors, transferring the heat energy from the hot collectors to the cold water creating hot water and then storing that hot water for your use. There is a wealth of information on solar water heaters, thermosiphons and all sorts of technical jargon, but the basics stay the same.

You may be wondering if the climate in your area makes a difference, and the answer is yes. In areas that experience extreme cold, solar water heaters are less effective in the winter time and require freeze protection to ensure the water heater stays in working order. In extremely hot areas, you need to protect your system against over heating. The climate does matter, but speaking with a professional in your area is the best way to understand the impact of your local climate.

Solar water heaters can either be placed on the roof or someplace in your house. When the storage tank is in the home, the system is a closed-coupled SWH system. If the storage tank is in the home, it is called a pump-circulated system. Both systems have their merits, so consider each of them and how they would work for you. Of course, the solar collector should be mounted on whatever facet of your roof receives the most sun light throughout the year.

A common question that arises in considering a solar heater is whether or not solar energy panels are needed to make the system work. There are combination systems available, so you should definitely consider the combination of the two systems and also each system independently. By making these considerations, you can determine which system would be the most economical, and also, which would pay for itself the fastest.

Solar energy, in the forms of solar water heating and solar electric panels is a topic that will remain on the forefront of technology for the foreseeable future. There are several benefits in outfitting your home with these technologies. You can help the environment, you can save money in the long run, and if you plan on moving, these upgrades will increase the marketability of your home. Doing a thorough analysis is the only way to decide if solar energy is right for you, but you are already well on your way to making an informed decision.