A water system is a basic requirement in any building construction, if the finished product is to function properly. Imagine having to live or work in a building that didn’t have a water system? Thankfully, modern technology has allowed for several ways in which water can be heated in a building. One of them is through the use of solar energy.

A solar hot water system works by using solar panels that capture heat from the sun. This heat then heats water that flows through the panels. The results?Hot water. Once the water is heated through the panels, it is pumped into a storage tank. Most of the storage tanks are insulated in order to keep the water hot throughout. When the water is heated in the panels, it rises up into the storage tank where it collects. Cold water replaces the hot risen air.

Sometimes, there may not be enough sunlight to heat the water, especially in places where there is too much cloud cover. If this is the case, then boosters are installed. Boosters can be run on gas, electricity or fuel. You could call them a backup system of sorts that heats the water when the solar panels cannot. The boosters are controlled using an on-off switch.

Benefits Of A Solar Hot Water System

Why should you choose a solar hot water system as opposed to the much cheaper electric and gas ones? It is true that installing a solar water system is more expensive than gas and electric ones; up to $5000 more. However, in the long run, you will not need to pay for rates as is the case with gas and electricity, which can get expensive to run. Solar water systems use energy that is readily available that you do not have to pay for. So calculating the cost of installation versus the cost of running the system over several years, you will realize that the solar version will not only serve you efficiently, but will be lighter on the pocket too.

With the current crisis of global warming, there are increasing restrictions of what we can use depending on its effect on the environment. Solar panels use clean energy from the sun, and emit close to zero harmful greenhouse gases. This makes this whole heating system environmentally friendly.

Types Of Solar Hot Water Systems

Thermosiphon systems are systems where both the storage tank and panels are on the roof. The thermosiphon effect is the name given to the process of hot heated water rising and being replaced by cold water.

Pumped or split systems are systems that have the solar panels on the roof, and the storage tank is on the ground. Pumps are used to transport the heated water from the panels to the tanks.

You may be wondering how you can use solar heating systems in an area that is prone to frost? Frost tends to damage the panels, and in this case, you want to choose panels that are frost-tolerant. Just because you live in a cold area does not mean that you shouldn’t use solar heating.