Solar Water Heaters
The newest energy-saving device to produce hot water in homes, which is very popular in the market, is the “solar hot water system which harnesses the sun’s rays to heat up the water. Also called solar water heaters, they can be used in any climate environment.
The set up of this water heating system includes a water storage tank and solar collectors or solar panels. In addition to this, there are two types, the active solar heating system which has circulating pumps and controls and the passive system.
The active solar heating system can be broken down further into direct circulation and indirect circulation systems. The direct circulation system is useful in countries where there’s no winter season as the system circulates the water from the solar collectors and into the home. The indirect circulation system makes use of a non-freezing, heat transfer fluid and heat exchanger where hot water is produced and circulated and to which this is more applied to cold countries where there are extreme winter conditions.
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Since hot water is mainly the product objective of solar water heaters, the set up also requires a well-insulated storage tank which is connected to and from the solar panels. There are three types of solar collectors – flat-plate, integral collector-storage, and the evacuated-tube solar collector.
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The solar PV is a system that converts sunlight to electricity with the use of solar panels, solar inverter, and other electrical accessories. There are many such kinds of set ups on the PV system, depending on the amount of power wattage is being targeted. This can range from small, rooftop-mounted or building-integrated system with capacities of about tens of kilowatts or to large, utility-scale power stations where hundreds of megawatts can be produced.
Guidelines Before Installing Solar Water Heaters or Solar PV
It is important that you conduct a thorough research and survey before purchasing and installing a solar water heating system or a solar photovoltaic system, such that you know the following first: the cost estimate, the energy efficiency, the site’s solar resource, and installation codes and regulations.
In addition to the guidelines, you must also check on the climate condition of your place, safety issues and concerns, and even the building code requirements.
That is why, it is best to have a qualified solar systems contractor who has the know-how and experience in installing the kind of solar system you so desire. It is also important that a regular maintenance check-up be done every 3-5 years, preferably by a solar contractor. You may also want to check the contractor’s company customers who may provide information or references as to the quality of maintenance/repair which the contractor normally provides to specific problems of your solar system unit or you may want to check on the company’s license.