Since converting to sustainable and renewable energy is now of utmost importance in trying to save our planet, we all should do our part and one of the things we could do to help is by going solar. For those who live in places with cold weather or just prefer to take long and hot showers, a water heating system that fully runs on solar power could not only slash your water bill, you could help in lowering the gas emission.
Of course, changing to a solar water system is expensive but with all the money you could save from reduced water bill, it would pay for the system itself in the long run. Now, that the benefits outweigh the only con of the system being pricey, consider the following factors to make sure you are purchasing a system worth your money.
Adequately sized water tank
There are days when you would not be able to get enough sun for your Solar hot water system. This might be a bummer especially if all of your family members prefer hot showers during winter season. A four-person family would need two solar panels and a 300 to 360 litters of water tank to make sure no one would be forced to shower with freezing water. With an adequately sized water tank, you would not need to worry about days when the skies are gloomy.
Frost repellent panels
One of the reasons why we are looking for a hot water system is when the water is too cold and we could not take a shower or even wash the dishes. But in cold areas, the frost and the cold could freeze and damage the panels. When the solar panels are not working, the sun’s rays would not be collected and amassed to heat the water. If you live in places where the cold could be unbearable and you have decided to go solar, make sure that you purchase frost repellent panels to combat the possibility of the panels being destroyed because of the weather.
As an assist to frost repellent panels, water system with booster element could help those household living in places where cloudy and overcast skies is the norm. A booster element could help with the hot water supply during these days or when you have visitors and the amount of hot water being used on a daily basis in your household suddenly increased.
Active vs. Passive water system
An active hot water system is more expensive than the passive water system because of an electric circulation pump that moves the water throughout the system’s tubing. But with this system, the household is guaranteed supply of hot water the whole year, even during colder season. Passive water system on the other hand needs to be installed on the roof for it to get the job done. But for older homes, the roof might not be able to support the system’s weight.
Now that these considerations are clear, it would be easier for you to know what you need to check and look for an effective water system.