Heating Your Home's Water With The Power Of The Sun

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Solar power is quickly becoming an energy source of choice for many homeowners. This amazing option is also available for hot water heaters. Homes that use solar-powered hot water heaters are not just using a more environmentally friendly method for heating their home's water -- they can also save a great deal of money on energy costs. Before you choose a solar hot water heater, here are a few things you should know.

Types of Solar Water Heaters

There are two main types of solar water heaters: active and passive. With active solar water heaters, the direct method pumps water throughout the house and is most frequently used in areas of the country where the water would not be likely to freeze. The indirect method for active solar water heaters circulates a fluid through a heat exchanger, which helps to heat the water that is flowing throughout the home. These are more commonly used in colder areas where water tends to freeze. Passive solar water heaters are usually less expensive but also not as efficient. They can be the integral collector-storage style in which the water is collected, stored, and then heated upon use or via thermosyphon systems. These systems allow water to rise as it gets warm, and sink when it cools. The collector unit is stored below a tank where water is collected, and then as it heats, it rises up and flows through the home.

Collecting Solar Energy

In order to provide hot water via solar methods, the energy must be collected from the sun. This can be done in several ways:

  • Flat plate collector: solar panels are installed in an insulated weather-proof box. They collect sunlight that converts into energy to heat the water.
  • ICS/Batch Systems: This method uses blank tanks or tubes that are installed inside an insulated box. Cold water goes through the collector and preheats water, which then goes on to a backup water heater. 
  • Evacuated-tube solar collectors: Clear glass tubes are placed in parallel rows with a metal absorber attached to a fin. The fin is coated and is designed to absorb solar rays, converting it into energy to provide heat. This method is more commonly used in larger commercial buildings.

Choosing a Solar Water Heater

Before you determine which type of solar water heater to install, determine the overall cost to install versus how much you will save in energy expenses. Then, decide if your property has ample outdoor areas where the solar receptors can collect the sun's energy. You will also need to determine the size needed as well as if the water heater will meet all of the local regulations. Consult with a professional like Clean Plumbers BY Phillip Maurici Plumbing Inc who can help you assess your home's solar water heater needs.

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27 March 2015

Replacing an Older Plumbing System

I absolutely love the beauty, charm, and character of an older home. When my husband retires from his job, I would like to purchase an older house in the mountains and transform it into a quaint inn. While older homes are beautiful, they do sometimes contain hidden issues. One of these problems is faulty plumbing. Rusty pipes and poor water pressure are common in an older abode. If you just purchased a charming older place, consider immediately replacing the plumbing system in the home. In doing so, you might be able to save yourself from major issues in the future. On this blog, you will discover the many benefits of replacing an older plumbing system.