A: Solar water heaters savings can range anywhere from $20-$80 a month (a family of 4 — solar pool heating system 2 adults and 2 kids). So you should expect a average monthly savings of $45-$65 depending on hot water usage and habits.
A: The solar hot water panel needs to be facing a south exposure for maximum performance, but it doesn't mean it should go on the south roof. If no south roof is available, we have a variety of mounting kits that allow us to virtually mount our panels on any roof, designed to keep your panel facing south and to give it the best look possible should looks becomes a concern.
A: Yes, there will always be hot water available for use. Conventional water heater tanks have two elements that heat the water all the time. Solar water heater tanks on the other hand, have only one electric element to heat a portion of the water contained in the tank, this is called back up or reserve hot water. Our solar hot water systems are designed to work in conjunction with the electric section of the tank, if a cloudy or rainy day is present, the tank automatically will switch to electric back up.
A: On a basic system that consists of an 80 gallon tank with a 40 square foot panel, you should expect to get roughly 80-120 gallons per day of about 140-160F water.
A: A well and reliable installed solar hot water system should last up to 30 years, our solar collectors are designed for Florida's weather and the solar tanks are built with about 3 times the strength versus a conventional water heater tanks. The pay back on savings should be expected anywhere from 4-12 years depending on family and system size, hot water use and local and federal solar incentives.