Water HeaterWill a Solar Water Heater Work Year Round?

Now more than ever, homeowners throughout the country are looking for environmentally friendly and affordable ways in which to go about their daily routines. With the use of a solar water heater in Everett, WA, you can satisfy both of these criteria, without having to sacrifice a great water heating experience in doing so. Solar water heaters have really caught on in the residential sector, and they can benefit homeowners in a number of ways. Even so, some homeowners are hesitant to utilize solar energy in order to heat water for use throughout their homes. A question that we often hear is “will my solar water heater work all year?” The answer is yes. Contact G & S Heating Cooling & Electric if you have any questions or would like to schedule service. 

How It Works

Asking how a solar water heater works is a bit of a loaded question, as there are different ways in which solar energy may be utilized in order to heat water for use throughout one’s home. To begin with, there are passive and active systems to consider. Passive systems are not generally as efficient as active systems, but they are quite reliable and long-lasting. Usually, though, homeowners will choose to use an active solar water heater.

With an active solar water heater, solar collectors are used in order to absorb thermal energy from the sun’s rays. In a direct circulation system, the water is simply pumped from the collectors into the home. In an indirect circulation system, a heat transfer liquid is pumped through the collectors, as well as a heat exchanger. This then heats the water, which is distributed throughout the house. The indirect method is better suited to areas with freezing temperatures in the winter.

Limitations

Even with quality solar collectors and a good storage tank, very cloudy days may prove to be a bit of a struggle for a solar water heater. There is still solar energy to be had even on cloudy days, though, so it may not be as big an issue as you may think. Many solar water heater systems already have a backup system in place, such as those with thermosyphon systems. Ultimately, the best way in which to guarantee that your solar water heater gets the job done all year long is to hire a trained professional to design, install, and service your system.

 

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