Solar power costs nothing, offers a minimal carbon footprint and is the greenest method of heating water. Solar heating generally involves a traditional water heater to supplement the solar heater in order to reduce energy costs and carbon dioxide emissions by 50%. Let’s go beyond the basics to learn more about solar water heaters in Mokena, IL.
Solar Makes Sense
The basis of a solar water heater is a solar collector and a storage tank, which generally holds 40 gallons. The collector turns the sun’s rays into heat, and the tank holds the hot water. Several distinctions arise from the basic premise.
Passive or Active Heating
Active heating involves electric pumps and controls to move water through the system. Passive heating uses only the forces of nature, such as convection and gravity. If there’s a thermosiphon, then water tank is separate from the solar collector, and convection pumps the heated water from the tank to the home’s pipes.
Active Heating Types
Direct active heating requires electric pumps to move water, while indirect systems use a heat transfer fluid that moves to a heat exchanger. The drain-back system uses distilled water for its heat transfer fluid stored in a drain-back tank.
Installation of A Solar Water Heater
Energy audits inform you of how to save money via a solar water heater. Factors include the correct roof placement for the efficient gathering of solar energy. Professional help can provide the safest outcome.
Your climate determines the amount of savings your system accrues. Building codes could come into play due to the weight of a tank on a roof. The direction your roof faces makes a difference in the amount of solar energy you can collect.
Contact Climate Master Mechanical Contractors, Inc. to ensure the best solar water heater work around. We’ll provide superior service as we have for decades.
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