Solar Hot Water

Using the sun is by nature a low tech and cost effective means of producing hot water for both commercial and residential use. However, things can become complicated when the laymen is confronted with the many choices of systems available on the market today. Does one choose a flat plate collector, integral collector storage system, evacuated tube collector, indirect or direct circulation system, integral collector-storage passive system, thermosyphon systems, etc. The concept is old, while delivery efficiency has improved. Each system has its advantages and disadvantages pertaining to cost, ease of installation, maintenance, climate and duty cycle (life span) of system components. The factors we focus on are durability of the components and efficiency of the collectors for our geographical area. For example, a certain panel may be more efficient in Arizona, where average yearly insulation levels are different from that of New Jersey. Coastal salt air exposure and 0 degree (F) days for components may be an issue in New Jersey, but not in Arizona. Additionally, each individual building site is evaluated for solar feasibility before anything is installed. We believe a return on investment for our clients to be an important part of any alternative energy feature we recommend.

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