Unblocking the toilet

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Three Solar Water Heating Methods You Should Know About

by Nicholas Chambers

One of the ways to reduce your carbon footprint and to keep your house comfortable is to switch to solar energy options. You may be surprised to know there are several solar water heating options available for your home. If you have never considered solar water heating, here are a few options that may work for your home and for your overall solar home plans.

Solar Water Heater

One of the easiest and most readily available option is a solar water heater. Your first question may be related to the differences between this type of water heater and a traditional option. The first and most important difference is how the water is heated. The water heater is directly connected to a solar panel located on the side of the home or on the roof of the home. The solar panel is connected to the water heater by two pipes. The first pipe carries the antifreeze to the pump. The pump then moves the antifreeze throughout the system and out the second pipe back up to the solar panel.

Tankless Solar Water Heater

You may have heard of tankless water heating systems. Though some of these systems do operate off of standard electrical energy, there are models that use a solar panel for heating.  Instead of connecting the tankless power system to the electricity of the house, it connects to a solar power bank. The solar energy is captured in a solar panel, just like with any solar power option. That energy gathered by the panel is fed to the tankless water system to heat the water. The water is heated as it is used, rather than continuously heating stored water that is waiting to be used. 

Passive Batch Solar Water Heating

When you use solar power, your first concern may be what to do about days when the solar power is not at its highest. This becomes a larger concern during times of the year when storms and overcast conditions may last for several days. The solution to this, if you still want to go with a solar water heating option, is to use a passive batch solar option. Passive batch options collect and store the solar power rather than using it on a direct basis. Extra energy is stored in a back-up system located within the solar power generator. This allows you to use your hot water regardless of the weather conditions. The passive batch system stores various amounts of energy depending on the size, manufacturer, and model.

The most important thing to consider when you are switching to a solar water heating option is to have a professional from a company like Balnarring Plumbing Services handle the installation. A plumber with a background in solar water heating and solar power can install everything you need and have you up and running as quickly and professionally as possible. 


About Me

Unblocking the toilet

If I didn't know better, I'd think my toddler started each day with a challenge to throw something new and different down the toilet. He has managed to put nearly anything can imagine down the toilet. I have gotten pretty good at figuring out what has gone missing down the loo and whether it's something I can fix or something that I need to call the plumber to help me fix it. This blog is for other mums of toddlers who need to get toys out of the toilet and get the toilet back to working condition as soon as possible!