Solar water heater installation is becoming a much more plausible idea to many people as the cost of traditional energy increases and we become more socially conscious about our energy usage.
There are many factors to consider before you actually make the decision to install your own solar water heater.
The most important factor that you need to think about before you install a solar water heater is where you live. Even within the same state there can be vast differences in the number of sunny days as opposed to cloudy days. No matter how good the heater, without the sun, your solar water heater won’t be very effective.
Another factor that needs to be considered is the temperature range of your locale. Arizona and Nevada get plenty of sunlight but temperatures in the desert get cold enough at night to freeze water. This could lead to burst pipes or cold morning showers.
You need to consider how much you want your solar water heater to contribute to your total water heating needs. It’s understandable if you don’t want to take a cold or lukewarm shower every morning or that you may not have the schedule to take your shower later in the day when the water is warmer.
Also, better units are more expensive and you may not save enough money in the long run to make the system pay for itself. Is it worth paying a little bit more than you get back to help out the planet? That is up to you to decide.
When you are considering a solar water heater installation, make sure you talk to a local licensed professional who can give you the best possible advice which will ensure you make the best decision for you, your family and the environment.