Do You Believe Any of These Common Myths About Solar Water Heaters?
We are proud to have been part of the solar water industry for many years. In that time, we have heard some myths repeated over and over. Learn about these falsehoods and the truth behind them. If you have additional questions about solar water options, contact The Stanley Louis Company at 800-217-6527.
Myth: Solar Hot Water Heaters Can Not Get as Hot as a Traditional Hot Water Heater
When water is heated by the sun, it can get hot enough to boil water: 212F. You would never set your water heater that high – a normal option would be between 120F and 130F – but your water heater can easily get to these and higher temperatures even on the cloudiest of days.
Myth: Solar Hot Water Heaters Cannot Store Hot Water
The fact is that when you choose a solar water heater, you will actually have more water than you had before. Assuming you choose the right size for your household’s usage, you will never have to wait for the water to heat up between showers.
Myth: I Can Only Shower During the Day if I Have a Solar Water Heater
No. While you can maximize your savings by using the majority of your hot water in the late morning or early afternoon – when the system is operating at its peak – you can access hot water at any time. You can save money in other ways by choosing when to use your water. For example, instead of choosing one laundry day and doing seven loads of laundry, you will save more by doing one load of laundry every day.
Myth: Solar Water Heaters Replace “Regular” Water Heaters
Your solar water heater acts in addition to your regular water heater. This is actually a huge positive for the current system you have. The fact that you have solar water heating capabilities means that your regular water heater will run much less often – thus extending its lifespan significantly. Consider that a typical gas heater lasts for between five and ten years but when used in conjunction with a solar water heater it can last for twenty+ years.
Myth: There Are No Options in the Solar Water Heater Market
People wrongly believe that they will have options if they choose a solar water heater. The truth is that there are not only many different models, but there are two types: Active and passive. Most of the solar water heaters installed in Southern California are active systems because they are both more efficient and more attractive. Passive solar water heaters are more popular throughout the world because, unlike active water heaters, they do not require any electricity to run.
If you have questions about whether or not your home is right for solar water heating or other questions about water heaters in general, call The Stanley Louis Company at 800-217-6527 for prompt attention.