Solar Water Heaters Baltimore Information
Our Baltimore Solar Water Heater Services
We are experienced in the repair and installation of solar water heaters in Baltimore. If you are interested in solar water heating, one one we can help you purchase and install a unit that meets your needs, and we can advice you about steps you must take to get a tax rebate. For more information, call the office at 410-967-6547
The Advantages of Solar Water Heaters
- The major energy source for heating water is free, which means a large savings on your energy bill
- Solar water heaters come with Federal and sometimes state energy incentives.
- Solar water heaters increase the market value of a home.
- Solar water heater storage tanks are large, which means more available hot water.
- Solar water heating is environmentally friendly, which means you’ll feel good about using it!
The Challenges of Owning a Solar Water Heater
- The water temperature achieved by solar heating is less than gas heating; however, this can be compensated for by using a greater percentage of hot water during the shower.
- Solar water heaters cost more money to install than electric heaters. However, they pay for themselves in as little as 2-5 years.
- Solar heaters must be installed in an area with good Sun access.
- Solar heaters require a solid roof or other surface to support their weight.
- Solar heaters can’t heat water at night. This can be corrected for by installing a backup gas or electric powered water heating unit, which is triggered by a thermostat.
Types of Solar Heaters
Solar water heaters can be either passive or active
- Passive solar heater storage tanks sit above the level of the solar heating panel and the pressure of the hot water at the top of the storage tank pushes cold water out of the tank, through the solar heating panel, and back to the tank.
- Active solar water heaters use an electric or solar powered pump to make water circulate from the tank to the solar heating panels and back again.
Solar water heaters can be either direct or indirect
- Direct solar water heaters heat up water form the storage tank as it flows through the solar panels. The heated water returns to the storage tank, where it rises to the top, and from there travels throughout the home as needed.
- Indirect solar water heaters use a a heat transfer solution which absorbs heat in the solar panels and then passes the heat to the water via a heat exchanger.
For more information about purchasing and installing a solar water heater in Baltimore contact us at 410-967-6547 . For information about our other plumbing services visit our Baltimore plumbing services page.