Solar water heaters, also called solar domestic hot water systems, can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home. There are two main types of solar water heating systems: active and passive. Let’s take a look at the difference between an active and passive solar water heater in Florida.
Active Solar Water Heaters
Active solar water heating systems have circulating pumps and controls. There are two different types of active heaters, direct and indirect. Direct circulation systems pumps circulate household water through the collectors and into the home. Indirect circulation systems circulate a non-freezing, heat-transfer fluid through the collectors and a heat exchanger. Direct pumps are ideal for warmer climates, where indirect pumps are used in areas that are prone to freezing temperatures.
Passive Solar Water Heaters
Unlike active heating systems, passive solar water heating systems do not have circulating pumps and controls. They are typically less expensive than the active systems but are also not as efficient. On the positive side, they can be more reliable and last longer. There are two different types of passive systems, the integral collector-storage system, and the thermosyphon system. The integral collector-storage passive systems are ideal for warmer climates. With the thermosyphon system, water flows through the system when warm water rises as cooler water sinks.
Are You Interested in A Solar Water Heater in Florida?
At Abundant Energy we offer a variety of solar water heaters for all different types of homes and offices. Contact us today to learn more about having a solar water heater installed at your home or office.