If you’re interested in alternative energy sources for the various systems in your home, a solar hot water heater installation is a good place to start. These great systems are relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of having an entire solar energy system installed and they can provide reliable, nearly free hot water for your entire house.
For these reasons, a solar hot water heater is the first alternative energy system many homeowners have put in. Although they are relatively simple compared to some of the other solar systems you can have installed, you’ll still need to make quite a few decisions before you find the solar hot water system that’s right for you.
This is a big decision and can be quite overwhelming when you’re first presented with all your options. That’s why the best thing you can do is call Boulden Brothers with your solar hot water heater questions and concerns. We install and service solar hot water heaters in homes all over the greater Wilmington & Dover, DE area and would be glad to count yours among them.
Types of Solar Water Heaters
There are multiple types of collection systems for solar hot water heaters. The most common, however is a flat plate collector placed either on your roof or on another acceptable south-facing surface. You want to make sure that no trees or buildings will stop the sun’s rays from reaching your collection plate.
There are also two basic options for getting the heat collected from the sun to the water itself. One method is direct, whereby the water is circulated through the collection plate. This allows for a direct transfer of heat and is considered the simplest solar hot water installation method.
However, a direct transfer system can be ineffective when the temperature drops below freezing outside because of the risk of cooling or even freezing the water in your pipes. Of course, if your outdoor temperature rarely gets this low all year long, this isn’t a problem you’ll have to worry about.
Since we regularly experience below freezing temperatures in our area for part of the year, you should look into an indirect water heating system. These solar water heaters use eco-friendly antifreeze to transfer the heat from the collector to the storage tank in your home. The antifreeze isn’t affected by cold temperatures the same as water, so you don’t need to worry about your pipes freezing or your supply of hot water being interrupted in the middle of winter.
Solar Water Heater Installation Experts
Because different types of solar hot water heaters are better under different conditions, finding the one that’s best for you can be a somewhat complicated process. That’s why our experts are here to help you anytime you have a question or concern regarding the installation process.
Solar hot water heaters are not complicated pieces of equipment, but it’s better in the long run to trust this type of work to a professional. Boulden knows just how important it is to have reliable hot water when you need it. We’ll do everything we can to ensure your solar hot water heater is properly installed, so you never have to worry about what comes out of the tap.
We regularly install solar water heaters for customers all over the Wilmington & Dover metropolitan area and we’re always happy to add another satisfied customer to our already long list. If you have questions or are ready to learn how solar hot water can be a reality in your home, give us a call today.