Which Is Better: Solar Panels or a Solar Water Heater?

In Residential Solar by The LeverEdge

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Should you invest in solar panels or a solar water heater?

Have you been trying to decide which is the better investment between solar panels and a solar water heater? The short answer is that “regular” solar panels may be the better option if you have a large roof and that a solar water heater may be better if your home has a smaller roof. However, the long answer is more complicated than that.

Let’s compare the different types of solar products offered by The LeverEdge so you can decide which is best for your family and home.

PV Solar Panels

When you first picture solar panels, you are probably thinking about photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. These take energy from the sun and convert it into electricity for your home, lowering or even eliminating your power bill each month.

If you have a large roof in a sunny area of the country without any overhanging branches, PV solar panels may be your best choice. You may not get enough benefit from them if you have a smaller roof or live in a place that gets more clouds than sun.

Additionally, solar panels require a large up-front investment. There are still some federal and local tax incentives to help you recoup some of that money, though, and some are expiring or reducing at the end of 2022, so now may be the best time to invest in solar panels.

Solar Water Heaters

Does your family LOVE taking hot showers or baths every day? Do you have a smaller roof or want to make a lower investment in your home?

Solar water heaters have a special tank. Cold water gets sent from one part of the tank up to special solar collectors on your roof. There, the sun’s energy heats the water directly, and the hot water goes to a different part of the tank.

No sun? No problem! Solar water heaters have an electric backup just in case. You can still cut a bunch of money off your power bill each month by switching to a solar water heater.

Solar Pool Heating

Want to extend your swimming season without adding to your electric bill? Solar pool heaters work similarly to solar water heaters. Cold pool water is pumped up to solar collectors on your roof, heated up by the sun, and returned to your pool. Solar pool heaters can increase your pool’s temperature by 10-15 degrees, allowing you to open your pool earlier in the year and close it later in the fall than you could before.

Solar Attic Fans

You may not have even heard of solar attic fans. Unlike passive vents, solar attic fans help circulate the air in your attic and can reduce the temperature by as much as 40 degrees. And unlike electric fans, solar attic fans don’t make a lot of noise and won’t add a penny to your electric bill.

Learn More Today

If you’re interested in any of the fabulous solar products offered by The LeverEdge, contact us today by calling 813-403-5100 or clicking here. Our experts will help you select the perfect items for your house and lifestyle.

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