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Everett, WA Solar Water Heaters by G & S Heating Cooling & Electric

Solar powered home appliances have received a huge popularity boost in recent years, as more and more homeowners look for ways to save money on operating costs. That boost is well-earned, as solar appliances do actually provide substantial savings for those whom invest in them. A solar water heater is a little different from other solar technology, but it is still quite effective at provide cheap hot water to your home. Read on for an outline of our solar water heater services. If you’re already looking for a solar water heater company, call G & S Heating Cooling & Electric today!

G & S Heating Cooling & Electric provides solar water heaters throughout the Everett, WA area.

How Does a Solar Hot Water Heater Work?

There are two different kinds of solar water heaters: direct and indirect. Within those two types are two subtypes: active and passive. The way a solar water heater works is determined largely by its type. For the purposes of this section, we’re going to focus on direct and indirect water heaters. Indirect water heaters are more common than their counterparts, largely because they are easier to interface with preexisting water heaters.

An indirect solar water heater relies on energy collected by a solar panel outside the home. The panel collects thermal energy from the sun, then uses it to warm the heat exchanger through which the water passes. This is a versatile system that can stand up to heavy demand. However, it tends to be slightly less energy efficient than direct systems.

Direct solar water heaters actually heat water by exposing it to the sun itself. In this type of system, there is no conversion from thermal energy to electricity. This makes direct systems almost 100% energy efficient. However, a direct system is also more seriously hampered by things like overcast days and pipes freezing.

Why Choose Solar Water Heating?

There are two factors that play into almost every decision to switch from traditional systems to solar technology: cost and environmental concerns. Solar water heaters may vary in efficiency amongst themselves, but all of them will be more energy efficient than any other kind of water heater. In the same way, a solar water heater will always be one of the most environmentally friendly options available. If you’re looking for a water heater that is more efficient, as well as being better for the environment, then a solar water heater might be the perfect choice for you.

Types of Solar Water Heaters

As previously mentioned, there are two types and two subtypes of solar water heaters. As we have already covered the two main types, let’s focus on the two subtypes. Active solar water heaters are those which make use of a circulation system to move water between the solar collector and the rest of the house. In areas where pipes rarely freeze, this is the more preferred system. Passive solar water heaters don’t make use of any moving parts to circulate water. Instead, the system is set up in such a way that the water circulates itself, through a combination of thermodynamics and gravity. These systems are more efficient than active systems, but also require much more exacting installation and may not be able to be installed in all areas.

If you’d like to know more about our solar water heater services, call G & S Heating Cooling & Electric. We provide solar water heating systems and services.