Solar hot water systems are becoming a popular method for homeowners to harness the sun’s energy for use inside their homes. They are environmentally friendly and offer a clean energy option for your home’s hot water needs. Every home system has its advantages and disadvantages, so below we’ll take a look at those for solar hot water systems.
Advantages of solar hot water systems include:
- They generate free energy for use to heat water.
- They allow you to use a renewable energy source: the Sun.
- They are very cost effective in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
- Many incentives are available for homeowners who wish to install solar hot water systems.
- The payback period for the system is pretty low, at only about 5 years.
- The systems have low maintenance needs and costs.
- Lease options for solar hot water systems may be available to decrease installation costs.
Disadvantages of solar hot water systems include:
- The cost of installation is more than a conventional water heater.
- Some electricity or gas will be needed to fuel a backup system during winter months.
- The payback period isn't definite, it varies based on conditions in your area and the system’s exposure to sunlight.
- They offer a relatively low efficiency of the passive solar water heating systems available.
- They will need protection to prevent freezing as well as overheating.
Get the big picture about solar hot water systems before you make your purchase. The professionals at Smith Sustainable Design can answer any questions you may have, as well as provide more details regarding the advantages and disadvantages of installing a new solar hot water heater system for your home.