Commercial washing and coin operated laundry facilities can harness solar energy for water heating purposes by installing solar thermal systems. Solar thermal systems can reduce a facility’s operating costs by lowering the amount of energy needed to heat water using traditional equipment, such as boilers or gas and electric water heaters. Solar thermal systems can be custom designed to meet the ranging needs of individual laundry facilities.
Commercial solar thermal systems for these applications are designed using the same principles as other solar thermal systems. Collector panels are installed on a southern exposure of the building, though the number of panels will vary based on the facility’s hot water demands. Storage tanks are sized large enough to work with the system and meet the hot water demands of a facility.
Using solar thermal hot water systems won’t negatively impact the available hot water supply, which is a concern for many commercial and coin operated laundry facilities. Solar thermal systems provide a continuous supply of hot water for use in the facility. Commercial washing and coin operated laundry facilities which have already installed solar thermal systems have found that sufficient hot water is produced for meeting the daily needs of their businesses.
Solar thermal water heating offers many advantages for commercial washing and coin operated laundry facilities, as well as in other commercial applications where hot water is in high demand. To learn more about installing a solar thermal system for your facility, contact Smith Sustainable Design for a consultation today.