Solar Hot Water F.A.Q.s
How hot does water heated from a solar water heating system get?
Water heated by the sun in a solar water heating system can reach temperatures exceeding 212°F, although the normal temperature for household use is approximately 120 - 130°F
Are there more than one type of solar water heaters?
Yes. There are active and passive types of solar water heating systems. Active systems have mechanical or moving parts that are used to move the heat, whereas passive systems do not require electricity to operate.
How will well water and possible sediment affect the system?
Sediment or hard water can cause mineral build-up on the heat exchanger. Many off-the-shelf descaling products can be used to dissolve this build-up if it becomes necessary.
My roof will soon need to be redone. Should I wait to install a solar heating system?
Our systems are installed in such a way that we can easily remove them and later reinstall them at a fraction of the original cost of the system.
What if I already have a gas or electric water heater?
Missouri Solar Application's water heating system works in conjunction with your existing gas or electric water heater. In some instances an additional storage tank is added but varies based on each individual situation. Since your original water heater will operate far less frequently, solar will extend its life significantly.
How long will a solar hot water system last?
Our water heating equipment has a 10 year warranty from the manufacturer. When installed, properly most systems, including all parts, can last up to 30 years.
How do solar water heating systems compare in cost to other heating systems?
Missouri Solar Applications' systems are the highest rated solar water heating systems in the market. In spite of this, they are priced very competitively with less effective solar systems. Once installed, our solar hot water systems can save you over 75% on your hot water heating costs.
Does the collector panel need to be mounted on my roof?
Yes. Because of the proximity between the hot water tank and the solar collector, solar panels are mounted on the roof. We can assist you in selecting the appropriate location during our initial consultation visit.
What happens if the solar panels are shaded?
Missouri Solar Applications' water heating panels should be installed in areas where they get significant shade-free sun every day. Even small amounts of shade can significantly reduce the output. Our designs and installations seek to minimize the impact of any shade issues through selection of the proper equipment and good engineering. We can assist you in selecting the appropriate location during our initial consultation visit.
Do I need to clean the solar panels periodically?
Most of our customers do not clean their solar panels. In Missouri, there is sufficient rain to clean the panels. However, if you are in a dusty area (very near a busy dirt road, very urban area, etc.) you may see a performance gain from cleaning the panels monthly. If necessary, a hose stream is usually sufficient for cleaning. Do not walk on or over the panels to clean them. Do not use metal, hard, or abrasive methods for cleaning. Do not spray water on the panels when they are very hot.
Does solar water heating work in a commercial environment?
Yes, absolutely. We have installed solar water heating systems in various retail buildings, hotels, schools, and other community or commercial facilities. Anywhere there is a water heater, solar water heating can be installed and used.
If I sell my property, what effect will solar water heating have on the sale price?
Energy conservation and renewable generation adds value to a home. Surveys have shown that for every $1,000.00 saved per year, $20,000.00 is added to a home's value. Solar energy can be one of the best home improvement investments you make.
How long does it take to install a solar water heating system?
Typical residential systems take 1 day to install. Additional time may be required depending on your current water heating configuration.
I already have a system installed and need repairs, can you help?
Yes. Missouri Solar Application's professional staff can repair and fix solar systems of all types.
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