Don’t be discouraged from using solar hot water systems because of misinformation floating around. Make sure you have the facts, not fiction. Below are ten solar hot water myths and the truth about them
1. They don’t work when it’s cloudy
Even when it’s cloudy, there is solar energy available, and enough to use a solar hot water heater system.
2. They aren't cost effective
Solar hot water heater systems have the best payback period of solar energy options. They also have a very long lifespan when properly maintained.
3. The home will have less hot water
Your solar hot water heater system can be designed to meet the hot water needs of your home, and you won’t have to sacrifice the amount of hot water you can access just to go solar. Many solar thermal systems are installed to use with another hot water system, like a conventional tank or tankless hot water heater, so you’ll always have the hot water you need.
4. They only work in the daytime
Just because the sun doesn’t shine at night doesn’t mean your solar hot water heater system won’t work at night. The work they do during the day allows the equipment to maintain water temperatures for use at night.
5. They won’t work in the winter
The outdoor temperature has nothing to do with the system’s ability to collect solar energy; the sun still shines in wintertime.
6. They’re cost prohibitive
Solar hot water heater systems aren’t as expensive as you may expect. They cost much less than a solar photovoltaic installation, plus installing one can qualify you to receive a 30 percent federal tax credit which can help you offset the cost of installing the system.
7. They don’t make much of a difference to the environment
Below heating and cooling, hot water heating is the second largest consumer of energy in most homes. Solar hot water heater systems allow you to reduce energy use and eliminate the carbon emissions which are created by burning fossil fuels for energy.
8. They’re ugly
Solar thermal panels can be flush-mounted to your roof and don’t look much different than a skylight. They don’t stick out like some may think, and are even considered a status symbol as energy efficiency is in the forefront of our nation’s news.
9. They take up too much space
With the right designer, your solar hot water heater system doesn’t have to use a lot of space. They can be installed using just a little more space than a conventional system.
10. They take a long time to install
Depending on the type of system you choose and your installation team, it will only take a few working days to complete.