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If you think solar energy can only be used to run appliances and other electrical devices, think again. Solar power can be used to run your water heater too. For the installation, maintenance and repair service for your solar water heater, contact Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc..
Solar water heating is the perfect way to heat the water in your Sacramento, CA home in a sustainable and affordable way. To learn more about these energy efficient systems, reach out to our Customer Service Representatives today. Sierra Pacific, The Guys In The Big Red Trucks.
The new IRS Federal Tax Form 5695 is now available. If you purchased a Solar Electric system, a solar water heating system, or a geothermal heating and cooling system, or a geothermal heating and cooling system from Sierra Pacific in 2018, you qualify for a 30% Federal Tax Credit.
Also, if you purchased a qualifying furnace, a high-efficiency air conditioner, or heat pump, you also qualify for a tax credit of a specified dollar amount.
Tax Form 5695 is the form you will need when you file your taxes. If you have other questions, please take form 5695 and your Sierra Pacific contract to your tax consultant. To download the form, please click here and scroll to the link at the bottom of the page.
How Does Solar Water Heating Work?
Solar water heater systems are comprised of a storage tank and solar collectors. These solar collectors absorb the solar energy that’s necessary to heat the water in your home. Solar water heaters come in two types of models: active or passive. It’s important to choose the right style for your personal hot water needs—something we can help you make an educated decision about. We’ll be happy to discuss your options with you and discuss what has worked for your Sacramento, CA neighbors in the past.
What Is an Active Solar Hot Water Heater?
There is one of two different types of pumps for active solar water heaters. The first is the direct circulation pump, which circulates water through the solar collectors and into your home. The other is the indirect circulation system, which pumps a heat transfer fluid through the collectors and heat exchangers.
Although Sacramento, CA doesn’t experience the severe winter weather that other parts of the country do, indirect circulation systems are usually a wise choice, as you won’t have to worry about any freezing occurring within the lines. If you’re unsure of which active solar heater is right for you, just ask our Installation Specialists.
What Is Passive Solar Water Heating?
When you’re looking for maximum affordability, you may want to consider the passive solar water heating system. While it typically won’t be as efficient as the active solar water heating system, it can be more reliable and even have a longer lifespan. If your home requires a good amount of hot water throughout the day, then a passive system may be the right option.
Similar to the active model, the passive solar water heater also has two types. There is the integral collector—a good choice for homes in areas where temperatures are not often below freezing—and the thermosiphon system, which requires the collector to be installed below the storage tank for warm water to rise into the tank as cooler water sinks. The latter is usually a bit more expensive upfront, but can certainly help with efficiency.
Comprehensive Solar Water Heating Services from the Pros
There are a variety of factors that impact the installation of your solar hot water heater, including exposure to sunlight, average climate in your area, and even building codes. To keep everything straight and ensure you are choosing the best option for your home, it’s important to work with the experienced and professional Installation Specialists on our team.
And don’t forget, once your solar water heater is professionally installed, it will still need to be serviced by the pros. Routine maintenance will ensure it stays in good condition and operates as it should for as long as it should. When you enroll in our maintenance plan, not only will you get regular maintenance visits but also priority service and discounts for repairs and new installations. For reliable solar water heating, reach out to our staff today!