Your energy bill depends on a variety of factors. One of these is how often you use your water heater—one of the most energy-hungry appliances in your home. Other than the frequency of use, your bill also depends on how energy efficient the system is. If it wastes too much heat, you’ll see yourself paying a lot more than what you usually do. For all the reasons mentioned above, a solar water heater is one of the most feasible options for both residential and commercial water heating needs, especially in sunny South Florida.
How do solar water heaters work?
Just as the name suggests, a solar water heater uses solar energy and converts it into heat. This energy is then transmitted to the water. The system comprises flat plates which are erected at a spot where sunlight is abundant—mostly on rooftops. It’s also positioned in a way that the surface faces the sun directly. The size of the panel varies according to your use case. These panels are then connected to a boiler. This is where the heat exchange takes place. The heat which was collected by the panels is used to heat up the water. The energy is transferred via a system of copper wires and a circuit of pipes. After the heat is passed on to the tank, cold water travels back to the collector upstairs to absorb more heat.