Solar water heaters, sometimes called solar domestic hot water (DHW) systems, are a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home. They are very efficient for the climate we experience in the Mid-Atlantic area; and the fuel they use, sunshine, is free.
Solar water heating systems include some type of storage tank and one or more solar collectors, usually installed on the roof. A pump station, with a solar controller operates a pump that circulates fluid through the collectors into a heat exchanger, which heats your hot water.
In this area, a single 30-tube, evacuated tube collector with a 75 gallon storage tank can provide about 85% of the annual hot water usage for two adults. Adding a second collector can provide up to 90% of the annual usage for a family of four. It is important to note, however, that many factors, such as the orientation, and tilt of the collectors, as well as any potential shading, will affect the output of a solar energy system.
Since, on average, about 12% of your annual energy usage is for heating domestic hot water, the savings you achieve by investing in a solar system can be significant. We can provide a detailed site evaluation and calculations showing what percentage of your annual energy requirements can be provided by your solar energy system.
Not only do homes with solar hot water save money and reduce carbon pollution, most customers report that showers with solar hot water just feel better! If you are ready to learn more about solar hot water for your home, call TriState Home Services at 866-624-5970 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment.