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Three Ways To Integrate Solar Energy Into Your Conventional Water Heater

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If you want to make your home more energy efficient, improvements to mechanical systems are essential. In addition to HVAC improvements, you may want to make hot water heating more efficient. The good news is that this can be done with a conventional water heater and solar energy. Here are some of the ways you can connect a conventional water heater system with solar energy: 

1. Using A Collector To Feed Directly To A Water Heater

One of the first things that you may want to do is install a collector to provide you with energy. If you are looking for an affordable solution, you can set it up where the water line to your water heater goes through the collector first. The solar system will heat the water and provide the water to your system to reduce the energy that is needed to heat it up to the temperature you have set. This system can work good in mild climates, but may not be good in northern areas due to the risk of freezing.

2. Installing An Evaporated Solar Heater To Provide Hot Water

An evaporated solar heater is one of the most efficient solutions you can have. These systems can cost a little more, but in some cases that can provide you with the hot water you need and the conventional water heater can act more as a storage tank. These systems use pipes inside sealed tubes to heat the water, which can improve the efficiency and performance of the collectors. These systems can even work in colder climates or on cloudy days.

3. Using A Thermal Storage Tank To Store Water From Solar Collectors

If you really want to have a complete solar system, you can install thermal storage tanks. These can be used to store the water from collectors until it is needed by your conventional water heater. These systems can also be good if you want to integrate solar energy into your homes heating systems. The thermal storage tanks can provide energy to the different mechanicals in your home when it is needed. Adding storage tanks can also help increase the capacity of your systems. 

These are some of the ways you can connect solar energy to your water heater. If you need help getting your system set up to be more efficient, contact a plumbing contractor (such as one from AA Plumbing) and talk with them about helping with the design of your water heating system.