Hunter Plumbing can service, repair, supply and install a wide range of solar hot water heaters from the leading brands. Our certified local plumbers can help you choose the best heat solar hot water system for your requirements and budget. With over 10 years’ experience, you can be confident that our plumbers can service and repair your hot water system.
How Do Solar Hot Water Heaters Work
Most solar hot water systems use solar collectors or panels to absorb energy from the sun. Water is heated by the sun as it passes through the collectors, and then flows into an insulated storage tank for later use. In passive systems, water flows unassisted between the collectors and the tank. In active systems, water is pumped between the collectors and the tank.
Advantages of Solar Hot Water System
With electricity and gas prices rising, solar hot water systems are becoming increasingly popular. When you consider the advantages it is not hard to hard to see why:
- reduced power bills
- produces less greenhouse gas (than other styles)
- solar hot water systems are eligible rebates in the form of Small-scale Technology Certificates (STC’s)
- solar utilizes a free, renewable energy resource
- lowers our country’s dependence on fossil fuels
- can increase the value or saleability of your home
- environmentally friendly
- low maintenance costs
- choice of gas or electric boosters
In a typical household, water heating accounts for about 30 percent of total household energy use. Depending on the climate and the model of heater, a solar water heater can provide between 50 to 90 percent of your total hot water requirements.
Disadvantages of a Solar Hot Water System
As solar hot water is rarely completely adequate for a household’s hot water needs, the storage tank is usually fitted with a booster. This can be powered by electricity, gas or solid fuel. Helping heat water when sunlight is insufficient, such as cloudy or wet days, or during winter when there are fewer daylight hours. Some solar water heaters also have frost protection to prevent damage in frost prone areas.
It is important to note that the upfront cost of a solar hot water system, including installation, is higher than electric or gas water heaters. For most households, energy bill savings will compensate for this initial cost difference over time.