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Embrace the energy from the sun with Solar Hot Water

It's easy to feel a little confused about what exactly is meant by solar hot water, and how is the water actually heated. Our team of solar hot water system experts at Purity Plumbing is just a phone call away to answer any questions you might have and help you with your decision-making. You may think as many people do, that you need to have solar panels already fitted on your roof to even think about having solar hot water heating in your home but that's not the case.

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It's easier than you think to enjoy the benefits of Solar Hot Water

Let's look at the mystery behind solar hot water and see if this type of hot water system is the perfect fit for your home and lifestyle. Solar is generally associated with solar power (PV) where the sun is the natural energy source, generating electricity for your home. Surprisingly solar hot water heaters do not produce any electricity, and are a fantastic way to reduce your energy consumption there are a few ways you can enjoy solar hot water heating. Our team of solar plumbers can install the most suitable solar hot water system to suit your home, family, and budget. Alternatively, if you are looking at solar hot water system for your business, we can help you determine the most sutible option for your needs. 

How They Work

Solar hot water heater systems have two components, a storage tank and a solar collector. Additionally, there are two types of solar water heating systems, they are ACTIVE which has circulating pumps and controls, and PASSIVE which does not require either. If you feel a solar hot water heater is the way to go, a few key points to take into consideration before purchasing are:

  • Estimate the cost and energy efficiency of a solar water heating system
  • Evaluate your site's solar resource
  • Determine the correct system size
  • Investigate local codes, covenants, and regulations to ensure compliance.
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Active Solar Water Heating Systems

There are two types of active solar water heating systems

  • Direct circulation systems

Pumps circulate household water through the collectors and into the home. They work well in climates where it rarely freezes

  • Indirect circulation systems

Pumps circulate a nonfreezing, heat transfer fluid through the collectors and a heat exchanger. This heats the water then flows into the home. They are a popular choice for climates prone to freezing temperatures.

Passive Solar Water Heating Systems

Passive solar water heating systems are typically less expensive than active systems, but they are usually not as efficient. Passive systems can be more reliable and may have a longer lifespan

There are two basic types of passive systems

  • Integral collector-storage passive systems

They consist of a storage tank covered with a transparent material to allow the sun to heat the water. Which then flows into the plumbing system. This system functions best in areas where temperatures rarely fall below freezing. They also work well in households with significant day and evening hot water needs.

  • Thermosyphon systems

Water is heated in a collector on the roof and then flows through the plumbing system when a hot water faucet is opened. The majority of these systems have a 40-gallon capacity.

Disadvantages of Solar Hot Water

  • Compared to photovoltaic solar panels, thermal solar panels only heat water
  • Solar heaters require sufficient roof space to accommodate them
  • Upfront costs are higher compared to other types of water heaters
  • Solar water heaters must have direct sunlight to function efficiently
  • The system will not function on cloudy, rainy, or foggy days, therefore is climate-dependent

Advantages of Solar Hot Water

  • Save up to 90% on water heating bills
  • Possible government rebates available
  • Enjoy the free energy provided by the sun
  • Increased property value
  • Decrease your household carbon footprint
  • Low maintenance

Hot Water System Services We Offer

Purity Plumbing technicians cover all services relating to hot water systems, including installation, repairs, and maintenance. For all your hot water system needs our technicians have the experience, and knowledge to advise, and offer the best solution to suit whatever your water heating needs are. We have extensive experience with:

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For all your hot water system needs, including Solar Hot Water, contact Purity Plumbing on 0432 074 459 or complete the online hot water booking form today.

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