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Are you looking for an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to produce hot water for your home? A solar water heater may be a viable option for you. They are fueled by sunshine, compatible with every climate, and definitely a step in the right direction for an eco-conscious future. Our team at Advance Solar believes wholeheartedly in sustainable energy and has been serving clients in Fort Myers for almost 40 years. We offer best-in-class solar energy products, and we want to help you make the switch to a sustainable energy source that is not a house with solar panels in case that does not work for you. Read on to learn more about solar water heaters. 


How Does A Solar Water Heater Work?

Generally, there are two kinds of heaters: active and passive. 


Of active water heaters, there are two subtypes, characterized by their constantly circulating pumps and controls, which passive ones do not have. 


  • Active Solar Water Heating 
    • Direct circulation systems – The pumps circulate water within the collectors and throughout your home. These are best used in weather conditions that rarely dip below freezing. 
    • Indirect circulation systems – The pumps circulate a heat-transfer fluid through the collectors into the heat exchanger, and the heated water is then pumped into your home. These are best used in climates where freezing is common. 


Passive systems tend to be less expensive and less efficient but may ultimately be more reliable.


  • Passive Solar Water Heating
    • Essential internal collector-storage passive systems – These are best used in climates where freezing is rare and cater to homes with significant hot water usage.
    • Thermosyphon systems – These are typically the more expensive passive solar water heating options. Water is heated when warm water rises and cold water sinks. In this case, the collector is installed beneath the water tank. 


Choosing The Right Solar Water Heater For You

There are several factors to weigh when choosing a solar water heating system for your home. It is not the same as packing your house with solar panels. Here are some things you may want to consider before investing in your home. 


  • The energy efficiency
  • The cost
  • Your home’s solar resource
  • The size of the system you need
  • Your local regulations, codes, and covenants


It is also essential to understand the system’s components, including heat exchangers and heat transfer fluids. 


Partner With A Professional

Starting out, all of this information can start to feel overwhelming. That is why it is crucial to partner with a solar company that will take the time to educate you and make your investment a positive experience. Yes, solar water heating can be a long-term, cost-effective solution to heating your home. However, if you are not knowledgeable of the system, its parts, and how it functions, then your experience may not be a good one.


Contact Us


Are you looking to switch to sustainable energy but do not want a house with solar panels? Do you think a solar water heater may be a practical option for you? Our experts at Advance Solar of Fort Myers want to help you make the switch today! Contact us now to discuss your options.