Solar Hot Water Heating

Solar Hot Water Systems

There’s never been a better time to consider adding a solar water heater. With current Federal, State and local utility incentives available to offset the cost of a new solar hot water system, the payback period for many Tucson residents is between 2 to 3 years—after that, it’s almost all free energy. Find out today just how much a solar hot water system will save you.

…but is a solar hot water system right for me?

Almost every home can benefit from a solar hot water system. Did you know that even when you’re not using hot water, your water heater is using energy just to keep the water hot? If a solar water heater is right for you, it will be an investment that pays for its self and gives you the opportunity to ‘go green’ using Arizona’s abundant sunshine. With over 30 years of experience here in Tucson, we can ask you all the right questions and give you the answers you’ll need to make that decision. Just call today for a free no-cost evaluation, and find out what you would save going solar.

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So, how does solar hot water heating work?

In the illustration shown, the basic concept is simple: The black solar collector uses the sun’s energy to heat up water that’s passing through the collector. With the help of a heat exchanger, that water is then used to heat up the water your family will need. With a few added controls, the system is now optimized to reduce your utility cost.

Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions

What will it cost me to install a Quality Home Solar Hot Water System?
Before incentives are considered, a typical residential solar hot water installation cost between $4,500 and $5,500. After incentives, your net cost could be as low as $1100. Why the range in system prices? The size of the system needed for your home and the type of installation required will determine the actual cost. This, typically, involves an initial consultation followed by a visual home inspection.

Why is a Solar Hot Water System a Good Investment?
The average Tucson home owner spends about $350 each year heating water which is typically about 25% of their total annual utility bill. With a properly sized, quality solar hot water system, the annual water heating cost can be cut by up to 80% or $280 each year! After 4 to 5 years of service, your new solar hot water system will have saved you enough money to pay for the initial system cost. For each year of service beyond that, the system now makes money and becomes the ‘good investment.’ If utility rates go up, your ‘good investment’ gets even better!

Is my home even suitable for a Solar Hot Water System Installation?
Although there are proven installation procedures available to accommodate most home styles, including those with different roof types and varied orientation to the sun, a visual inspection will always be necessary to determine what’s appropriate and to provide an accurate solar hot water system quote.

How long will a Solar Hot Water System last, and is there any special maintenance required?
The patented FAFCO Solar Hot Water Panels have lasted 20 years and longer. All FAFCO solar panels come with a 10 year Manufacturer’s warranty and are almost maintenance free, requiring no special servicing after the initial installation. Note: FAFCO is the largest and oldest solar thermo manufacturer in the country. To date, over 1,700,000 panels have been installed.

Why should I choose Desert Solar Designs? There are several other solar companies.
With over 30 years of experience installing quality residential and commercial solar systems, Desert Solar Designs offers a reputation for quality products, service and customer care. We do the job the right way with the right product and at the right price! Give us a call today! We’d be happy to provide you with a no-obligation quote or just answer your questions.

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