Solar Hot Water Saves Money
In an average Florida home, the energy cost of heating water is second only to air conditioning! Solar is the most cost-efficient way to heat water. Solar Hot Water systems usually pay for themselves in 3-5 years!
The price of the hot water from your Solar Hot Water System will never increase! Protect your family from rising energy prices!
Nearly Free Hot Water Around the Clock
Solar water heaters provide hot water 24 hours a day. On a sunny day, a properly sized system will store 2 days worth of hot water. In the event of extended rainy weather, an electric element heats the water so that hot water is always available.
How it Works
If you have ever turned on a water hose that was lying in the sun, you have experienced the principle of solar hot water. Solar water heaters collect the heat from the sun and store it in a water tank. Modern systems are electronically-managed to take maximum advantage of that basic principle to collect and hold all available heat.
The best system for use in central and south Florida is called an “active-direct” system. It is called active because the fluid is actively pumped through the solar collector panel. It is called direct because the fluid in the collector is the potable water. The system has a collector panel on the roof and a tank below. When the sun has heated the water in the collector, cold water from the bottom of the tank is pumped up to the collector and the heated water is delivered to the top of the tank. If the system uses a photovoltaic (PV) panel to power the pump, it will operate during power outages. The electric heating element, located in the upper third of the tank, makes sure that it never runs out of hot water during extended periods of bad weather. Fortunately for Floridians, freezing weather is rare so a simple valve that opens to allow warm water into the collector is all that is needed to protect the collector from freezing. A check valve prevents the hot water from rising back up to the collector at night. The remaining elements of the system are for extra safety and for draining the system.