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Solar Water Heaters in Chesapeake, VA, by House Call Company

Water heaters used to conform to a very basic model, with a large tank heated by gas or electricity, placed in a quiet corner of your home and left to do its job in peace. The model works well and continues to see regular use in all manner of homes, but it’s not the only option available to you. Our technicians can install a solar water heater in your home, allowing you to tap into the infinite power of the sun to warm your water safely and cleanly. Solar technology has advanced in leaps and bounds the past few years, and many concerns that homeowners have about the technology can now be put to rest. Here’s a few basics on how solar water heaters work, how qualified service personnel can install and replace them, the benefits of a good maintenance plan, and the advantages of professional repair services when trouble arises.

Call House Call Company today for details and installation scheduling on your Chesapeake, VA solar water heaters!

Passive Solar Systems

Passive solar water heaters allow the sun to heat water directly by means of a solar collector. There are no tubes or pumps involve and the system typically relies on natural forces like gravity to work. Other types of passive solar heating use convection pumps to move cold water into the collector, then store the hot water in a tank. Either way, passive solar water heaters use very little energy to do their job, though it necessitates careful placement of the system and only certain homes have the right combination of components for it to work.

Active Solar Systems

Active solar systems use more energy than passive ones, but tend to be more effective, and they can still save you a great deal of money. Direct systems function in a manner similar to convection pumps. They simply use electricity to power the pumps. Indirect systems, on the other hand, use antifreeze or similar transfer fluids (sometimes even distilled water) to collect the heat from the solar collector, and then move it (via a sealed pipe) to a heat exchanger where it warms the water. In both cases, the "active" part of the title refers to the means by which water is moved through the collector array, utilizing direct power rather than more passive means of motion.

Solar Water Heaters Benefit You

Regardless of which method you use, the result is savings and dependability. Solar water heaters entail comparatively few moving parts, which make them easy to maintain. Solar technology has advanced far enough that cloudy days won’t affect its performance at all. You can thus enjoy reliable hot water at a fraction of the cost in monthly energy bills that you used to pay, while keeping repair bills to a minimum and doing your part for Mother Natures as well. The experts at House Call Company can get that all started with a consultation to spell out your options. Contact us today and let us show you what we can do!