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Solar water heaters are more expensive than electric or gas models, but they’re also more efficient. The sunny weather in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, provides free energy, so this type of system is ideal. You can heat your home with a radiant heating system that has water-filled pipes under your floors or behind your baseboards as well. Most solar water heaters are on roofs, but you can also have one installed in an unshaded area of your yard. After the sun heats the water, it’s stored in a tank like most gas or electric units.

Some solar water heating systems use an electric pump to circulate water, and others take advantage of gravity. Many homeowners install a backup water heater. That way, you’ll never have to take a cold shower on a cloudy day. Overall, a solar water heater lasts longer, can lower utility bills, reduces your carbon footprint, and provides better value for your home.

Less Pollution

A solar water heater can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere every year. It can also help you avoid nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and other pollutants that result when you use electricity, gas, propane, or another fuel source. Solar water heating protects rivers, lakes, streams, and oceans from mercury and other pollution caused by power plants as well.

Federal, city, and state governments encourage you to help the environment by offering tax credits to offset the cost of solar water heaters. You can help prevent smog and climate change so you and your family can enjoy Florida’s natural beauty and outdoor activities.

Greater Durability

A solar water heater can last for more than 20 years, twice as long as an electric or gas water heater, and you won’t have to worry about problems with a gas line, such as gas leaks or carbon monoxide. Electrical problems are also less likely since a solar system doesn’t have as much wiring as a conventional water heating system. Like most other water heaters, you should have your solar system checked by a professional at least once per year. Maintaining your solar water heater will extend its life, prevent inconvenient and expensive repairs, and help you keep your utility bills low.

Lower Utility Bills

Most solar water heating systems use some electricity, and backup systems may require gas as well. Even if you use a backup system, you can reduce the amount of power you use for water heating by 50 percent. The savings are highest in sunny climates, but you can install a solar water heater almost anywhere.

Most people save more money than they invest because of lower utility bills. A solar water heater will pay for itself in four to eight years. With this system, you also won’t need to pay for gas service unless you have a gas stove or a similar appliance. If you have a big family that uses lots of hot water or a heated pool, you can get your investment back even sooner.

Better Value

A solar water heater can increase the value of your home and make selling easier, faster, and more profitable. Solar water heaters can cause the value of a home to increase more than the cost of the water heater and the installation. Buyers are looking for ways to help the environment and save on their utility bills, and one of these systems can make your home stand out from the competition. With a solar water heater, you can also conserve indoor space and appeal to buyers even more. Instead of putting a conventional water heater in a utility closet, use it for storage.

Aqua Plumbing & Air has more than 40 years of plumbing experience. We’re also a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, and we offer electrical and water treatment services. We can help you install, maintain, and repair solar water heaters and other plumbing and HVAC equipment. Call us anytime at 941-306-3715 for excellent service from our courteous experts.

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