3 Easy Ways to Maximise the Use of Solar Water Heaters
The selling part of a solar water heater is that it does not consume huge chunk of electricity or gas, which means you don’t only help keep the environment healthy but also ease up the budget to be spent with utility bills. It only consumes what is free to get from the shiniest ball in the heavens: The sun.
While it has its benefits, anything that relies mainly to the sun also has drawbacks. Remember that with this, you can’t find a source of energy at night, while the sun is replaced by the moon, unless you store enough solar energy in the earlier part of the day or the machine itself has electric or gas boosters.
So how do you maximise the use of your solar water heater to lengthen its life?
Here are the three commandments you may need to follow for a better functioning solar-powered hot water system.
- Place it at its best location
Considering that it gets its main energy directly from the sun, make sure your solar energy-collecting panels are facing the side where the sun rises and shines. Where does the sun shine in the most part of the day in your current location in Sydney? It’s common knowledge not to locate the solar collector under the shade.
Other than the panels, the heater tank also needs to be placed in an area that best serves not only your comfort but also that of the equipment.
A 90-gallon system, for example, weighs not less than 800 pounds when full. Others would want to install their heaters on the rooftop or on a platform. Considering the heaviness of a tank that weighs nearly a thousand pounds, a 90-gallon system may best serve its purpose when standing directly on the ground.
Ground mounting is also a great and relatively easy-to-do option, eliminating the problem on weight.
- Long, thin tanks save space
You can only provide whatever space you have in your property for a water heater tank. Why use 100 square meters when there’s a tank that can consume only one-fifth of that space, while the rest can be used as a lawn or garden or garage for recreational purposes?
Yes, tanks do come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Of all these varieties, though, long and thin cylinders are the most efficient, considering that their ratio of water volume to surface area is the most recommended for household use.
- Size the heater according to your needs
How many people are living in your house? The size of your water heater should always depend on the number of its regular users.
If you are in a conservation-minded family, you may allocate 10 gallons for each person. That is, for example, if there are seven of you in the family, a 70 gallon system may be enough.
The most recommended size of a hot water system, however, allows at least 30 gallons of allowance per person.
Why is a proper allocation plan very important? The smaller the tank, the faster it heats up. If you think of utilising a smaller tank, though, you also have to be mindful of the number of users to avoid possible water shortage.
These are only three basic commandments of maintaining a solar water heater to maximise its full usage potential. There are others left unwritten, but they can be realised throughout time as you familiarise upon experience this kind of a hot water system.