The 4-Step Process for Installing a Solar Water Heater

In Raise Your Solar I.Q., Residential Solar by The LeverEdge

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Solar water heaters are an excellent way to harness the power of the sun, reduce your energy bills, and minimize your carbon footprint.

With the right guidance, you can enjoy the benefits of solar heating much faster than you may think.

Here’s a simple 4-step process for installing a solar water heater, brought to you by The LeverEdge.

Step 1: Assess Your Needs and Site

The first step in installing a solar water heater is to assess your household’s hot water needs and the suitability of your site. Calculate the amount of hot water you use daily to determine the size of the solar water heater you require.

Next, evaluate your property to identify the best location for the solar collector. Ideally, this should be a south-facing roof or wall that receives ample sunlight throughout the day.

If your roof isn’t suitable, ground-mounted systems are also an option.

Step 2: Choose the Right System

Solar water heaters come in two main types: active and passive.

Active systems use pumps to circulate water, while passive systems rely on natural convection. Active systems are generally more efficient but also more complex and expensive.

Consider factors such as your budget, climate, and maintenance preferences when choosing a system. Consult with your local LeverEdge dealer to find the best system for your needs and get expert advice on the latest models and technologies.

Step 3: Professional Installation

Although some DIY enthusiasts may be tempted to install their solar water heaters, it’s highly recommended to hire a professional installer. Proper installation is crucial for the efficiency and longevity of your system.

A professional will ensure that the solar collector is securely mounted, the plumbing is correctly connected, and the system is properly insulated. They will also take care of any necessary permits and inspections, ensuring your installation meets local building codes and regulations.

Step 4: Regular Maintenance

Once your solar water heater is installed, regular maintenance is key to keeping it running efficiently.

Inspect the system periodically for any leaks, corrosion, or damage to the solar collector. Clean the collector surfaces regularly to remove dirt and debris that can reduce efficiency.

Also, schedule annual check-ups with your installer to ensure all components are functioning correctly and to address any potential issues before they become major problems.

Ready to Go Solar?

Installing a solar water heater is a smart investment for your home and the environment. By following these steps, you can enjoy reliable, eco-friendly hot water for years to come.

Contact your local LeverEdge dealer today to learn more about the best solar water heating solutions for your home and to get started on your journey to sustainable living.

Don’t have a dealer you’re already working with? No problem! Just contact us now and we’ll be happy to put you in touch with one.

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