Save Money with a Solar Water Heater!
Solar hot water heaters are an eco-friendly and affordable way to maintain a reliable hot water supply in a more environmentally responsible way.
Solar water heaters can also lower your energy costs by up to 50 percent. A family of five with electric utilities can save as much as $510 per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s EnergyStar program.
Why Should You Use Solar Thermal?
- Lower Your Energy Bills
- Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
- Energy Savings Will Pay for the System
- Reliable Hot Water Supplies
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How Do Solar Water Heaters Work?
Traditional hot water heaters burn natural gas/propane or use electricity from the main power grid to heat water for the home. Solar hot water heaters collect their energy from the sun, and use that energy to heat water for use in the home or commercial building. On a basic level, they include a collector, which absorbs energy/heat from the sun, storage tanks for the heated water, and pipes that connect the two together and tie it into the home.
Solar Water Heaters Designed for Maryland’s Climate
A solar thermal system from Renewable Energy Corporation is uniquely designed to suit the Mid-Atlantic climate.
For homeowners in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia, the solar water heaters we prefer are Kingspan Thermomax solar thermal collectors, which collect solar energy all day and year round, in all weather conditions. They’re highly insulated to retain heat. Best of all, they’re designed to last at least 25 years — long-lasting value for your home.
Solar Water Heater Certifications
Solar Rating & Certification Corporation Thermomax products have been certified to SRCC stands, both OG100 for collectors and OG300 for system ratings ensuring product efficiency, safety and performance. The SRCC OG100 certification is the gold standard collector certification required for all federal and state incentives.
Solar Keymark Thermomax products were the first company to receive the European quality mark for solar collectors-the Solar Keymark. Awarded by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the Solar Keymark provides assurance that the product complies with the highest European Standard(s). Solar collectors and solar thermal systems are rigorously tested concerning their efficiency, usability, safety and reliability.
Hail Impact Test (EN12975) Kingspan Solar has undertaken the voluntary standard to test its tubes’ resistance by meeting Hail Impact (EN12975) test requirements. The test subjects the collectors to 1 inch ice balls fired at 50 miles per hour and Thermomax passed, showing the durability and strength of the product in all weather conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: Solar works all year round – and even in Winter it will help to give you hot water, because vacuum tubes absorb energy efficiently in all different weathers conditions and all year round.
A: Ideally to a south facing roof or slight deviations of about 15 – 30° from that. The inclination / pitch of the collector is equal to the geographical latitude. So if you live at 45° latitude north the ideal pitch is about 45°. Once again slight deviations are not a problem and will only slightly effect the solar yield.
A: Savings of up to 50 – 70% annually on the heating cost for your hot water and/or heating. Once you have the panel installed that amount of energy is free for you. The main percentage of your water heating cost is done away through the use of the solar panel. Over time, your savings will increase as the price of oil / gas / electricity and other fossil fuels will increase in the future. Solar also reduces the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions helping to protect the environment from being polluted. CO2 is one of the largest single contributors towards global warming.
A: The collectors can be integrated with your existing system to provide hot water throughout the building for toilets / showers etc in fact anywhere large quantities of free hot water can be used i.e. Hospitals / Leisure Centers and all other commercial applications.
A: No collector maintenance is required. The glass tubes are round and perfectly smooth; any dirt or dust is carried away by the wind and/or rain. There are no moving parts to wear out. All components are made from high-grade stainless steel, aluminum, copper or non-corrosive materials.
A: Thermomax collectors are light and modular and can usually be installed by a qualified professional in 1-2 days. They are supplied with an aluminum frame and, being lightweight, they will attach easily to your existing structure. The solar tubes allow air to circulate around them and will not trap moisture or debris.
A: A well-designed and sized solar system should provide you with the right amount of hot water. Even when going on a holiday the system will still work and feed the energy into the cylinder. There the losses will at some stage level out with the energy provided. This will just lead to a slightly higher cylinder temperature.
A: Active solar hot water systems use pumps and controls to circulate liquids within the system. Cold water (or transfer fluid) is pumped into the collector, where it is warmed and then pumped into the storage tank. Because they use pumps, the tanks in active systems can be located below the collector. Passive hot water heating systems do not use pumps to distribute water, instead relying on gravity and water’s natural tendency to circulate when it’s heated. These systems are usually less expensive and longer lasting, but also less efficient. They also require that the storage tank be located above the collector to allow for the hot water to rise.
A: Solar hot water systems are divided into direct and indirect circulation. The former of the two is best suited for warmer climates that rarely experience freezes because it involves sending the potable water directly through the collector (located outside) to be heated. Indirect systems use a freeze-proof transfer fluid to collect heat and transfer it to the water. They are slightly more costly, but have the added benefits of protection from freezing and overheating.
The solar experts at Renewable Energy Corporation can help you quickly and easily determine the best setup based on your. We understand solar water heating systems inside and out, and how they fit into different homes. To learn more about solar hot water heaters, or get a quote for your home, please request an estimate. One of our expert solar agents will be happy to help you figure out the best product for your needs.