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Cost-Effective Solar Hot Water

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. They are also better known as solar water heaters and are adaptable in any kind of environment.

This solar heating system makes use of a water storage tank and solar panels or collectors. Further, there are two kinds of solar heating system, which are the active that depends on circulating pumps and controls and the passive system.

Within the active system, there is the 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. In contrast, the indirect circulation, which is adapted in cold countries, makes use of a non-freezing, heat transfer fluid which is being circulated through the solar panels and through a heat exchanger.
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The solar water heater system has to have a well-insulated storage tank which is attached to and from the solar collectors. In relation to solar collectors, there are three kinds – flate-plate collector, integral collector-storage system, and the evacuated-tube solar collector.
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The solar PV system differs from the solar hot water system in the sense that its main objective is to convert sunlight to electricity. There are many kinds of set ups of the PV system depending on how much electricity is actually needed. 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.

Checklist Before Deciding on Solar 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.

Look for qualified solar systems specialist and already known in the business of installing solar systems, who are well-experienced and can provide a maintenance guarantee. 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.

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