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Serving The Greater Fresno Area Since 1970


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Can I Use Solar Power to Heat Water in My Home?

Yes, absolutely! And considering the amount of sunshine we enjoy in this part of the country, doing so actually makes a lot of sense. Just remember that solar technology is pretty complex stuff, and you really need to know for certain that qualified individuals are handling your solar energy services. If you think that using a solar water heater in Clovis, CA is right for you, be sure to give us a call. The technicians on our staff will have you heating water reliably and effectively with an incredibly efficient, renewable resource before you know it!

Choosing the Right Solar Water Heater

Different homeowners choose to use solar water heaters for different reasons. For some, it is all about cutting back on their carbon footprint. For others, the energy efficiency and monetary savings of using solar energy are just too tempting to pass over. In most cases, it’s a combination of these two schools of thought. Regardless of your motivations, though, you need to know that you are using the right solar water heater for your home and hot water needs.

Active solar water heater systems, which are your most efficient options, may be direct circulation systems, or indirect circulation systems. With a direct circulation system, a pump circulates the household water itself through solar collectors, and into the house. These are a good option for areas in which freezing temperatures are uncommon, as they tend to be in our geographic region.

Indirect circulation systems don’t transfer water directly through the collectors, instead circulating a non-freezing heat transfer fluid through them, and then through a heat exchanger. This allows the heat from the fluid to transfer into the water itself.

While using an active system may seem like the obvious choice, remember that there are also many other facets to consider prior to the installation of your system. What type of solar collector will you use, for instance? Will you want a backup fuel source? If so, what kind of backup system will you use?

Direct any solar water heater questions that you have to Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning. We strive to provide honest answers and solutions to the problems our customers experience while remaining highly competitive in price, and offer the fastest turnaround you can find!





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