G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Archive for the ‘Solar Water Heater’ Category

Should You Consider Solar Hot Water Services?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Heating water effectively for use throughout your home, be it for washing the dishes, showering, or doing laundry, is an integral convenience to have in your home. With all of the quality water heaters on the market today, it is also a convenience which you can easily attain. However, not all water heaters are created equal. There are a lot of different makes and models out there on the market today, each with their own pros and cons. For many homeowners, though, the solar water heater is the ideal option. If you think that using solar energy to heat water for use in your home is the way to go, then schedule your solar hot water services in Bellevue with the professional technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

There are a number of reasons to consider the use of a solar water heater in your home. There are different methods of putting solar energy to work in heating water, but they are all among the most environmentally friendly ways of doing so, if not the most environmentally friendly. The sun is beating down on us regardless of what we are up to, and even on rainy days – of which we have our fair share – there is still solar energy to be had. Should you so desire, you can even make solar energy your primary source of hot water while backing up your supply with alternative measures.

Not only are solar hot water heating systems great for the environment, but they are also great for your budget. Sure, there is an initial investment to take into account. However, the amount that you save in energy costs can help to offset that initial investment over time. If you are interested in learning more about the perks of solar water heating, just give us a call.

No matter how great your solar water heater may be, though, remember that professional solar hot water services in Bellevue are a must if you hope to get the most from your system. We will ensure that your solar hot water heater is of the right size for your home and that it is integrated therein successfully. We can also provide you with the routine maintenance and occasional repairs that you will need to keep your system in fine working order.

When it comes to outstanding solar hot water services, you can always count on G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

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Water Heater Upgrades for Your Arlington Home: Comparing Solar and Hybrid Water Heaters

Monday, June 4th, 2012

When deciding if a water heater upgrade is right for your Arlington home, you will first need to compare the different types of energy-saving water heaters. Hybrid and solar water heaters are some of the most efficient water heaters on the market; however, there are many factors to consider before purchasing one of these new models.

It’s always a good idea to call a water heating expert for professional advice. To help you get started, here are some basic features and considerations for each type of water heater.

Hybrid Water Heaters

Instead of using a direct heating source like gas or oil, a hybrid water heater has a built-in heat pump, which uses a compressor and evaporator to draw in the heat from the indoor air surrounding the water heating unit. With dual variable fan speeds, the heat pump can generate enough energy to heat your water with up to 60% less of the costs per year.

In addition to using less energy and drawing heat directly from the ambient energy inside your home, some hybrid models have multiple settings and a digital interface to make changing temperatures and adjusting the operating mode much easier. On the lower setting, the water heater only uses the heat pump, but on a high demand setting, you can tap into the direct heating elements for a greater supply of hot water during times of more hot water usage.

You can also lower the standing temperature on most hybrid water heaters to save money, and some even have a vacation setting that will turn the hot water heater off when you are not home. The control that you have over the basic operation of the hybrid water heater makes it incredibly easy to save energy and ensure you have reliable hot water throughout the year.

Solar Water Heaters

Solar technology is one of the most sustainable methods for homeowners to help protect the environment and save money. Given the right conditions, installing a solar water heater could decrease your heating bills up to 80%. Because solar water heating systems are one of the most efficient ways to meet your the hot water needs in your home, you pay less in utilities, produce fewer emissions, and decrease the overall maintenance costs.

Taking full advantage of the savings from installing a solar water heating system involves various factors that every Arlington homeowner should consider. Solar water heaters will save money for homes located in areas where there’s a high amount of daily sunlight, and where certain fuel sources are not available or the cost of fuel is high. The need for reliable and consistent hot water, typically in larger homes, is another cost-ratio variable to consider.

While there’s the initial investment to consider, installing a solar water heating system could pay for itself within 10 to 15 years in energy savings. In addition to these savings, you can reduce your emissions and help preserve the environment by switching to solar power for your hot water needs.  Call G & S Heating Cooling and Electric today to get started.

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