Switching to solar energy has become extremely popular in recent years, but you may not have regarded it as a way to heat your water. Solar thermal systems use the heat from the sun to warm your hot water. This can often be supplemented with a conventional boiler or immersion heater to increase the temperature or assist the system when there isn’t a lot of sunlight, such as during the winter.
Overall, there are several benefits to having your plumber upgrade your home with a solar water heater.
1. Save on Energy Bills
While a solar heating system installation does come with a hefty initial price tag, it will allow you to start saving on energy bills immediately. That’s because sunlight is free, so as long as you have sufficient sunlight, you won’t need anything else to heat your water. Hiring a plumber to install a solar heater could reduce what you spend on water heating by more than half.
Your actually savings will depend on the climate in which you live. For example, states like Hawaii and Florida will get far more sunlight than the American Northwest, where there aren’t many UV rays during a significant portion of the year. The more sunlight there is, the more potential savings you can enjoy. Adding a solar water heater to your home can also increase your home’s value, so you’ll receive a larger return on the original investment should you decide to sell.
2. Lower Carbon Footprint
Switching to a solar water heater will also reduce your home’s carbon dioxide emissions. For example, a 50% reduction in traditional energy use correlates to the same reduction in C02 emissions. Therefore, installing a solar water heater could cut down on your household’s carbon footprint.
3. Enjoy Hot Water All Year
Solar hot water systems work all year, although you may need to heat the water more during the winter to reach your desired temperature with the help of a boiler or immersion heater. Areas that experience periods of low sunlight may need help heating their water heated to optimal temperatures, but most residents of Hawaii don’t need to entertain this possibility. If your solar hot water heater ever does have trouble performing, simply ask your plumber where the problem lies.
If you’re interested in switching to a solar water heater or need other plumbing work, Paradise Plumbing in Haleiwa, Hawaii, is your go-to source for reliable and skilled service. They have served the community for more than 15 years and are licensed installers of solar water heaters. Visit their website for more information, or call today at (808) 368-1473 to schedule an appointment.