the Sunshine In
Solar heaters—also called solar thermal systems—provide
environmentally friendly ways to heat water for many
household uses. These systems collect the sun’s
energy to heat either air or a fluid. The air or
fluid then transfers the sun’s heat directly
or indirectly to your home. Today’s solar heating
systems not only keep swimming pools warm, they can
also heat much of your water and interior rooms.
Solar water heaters are a great investment
for you and your family because they are cost effective
for many uses over the life of the system. Although
solar water heaters cost more up-front than conventional
water heaters, the fuel they use—sunshine—is
100% free, and abundant in our Florida climate.
The popularity of solar heating is increasing for several
reasons: first, the systems are reliable, adaptable
and pollution-free because they use renewable energy
from the sun. Second, they’re also more streamlined—some
systems include sleek, attractive, low-profile collectors
that people often mistake for skylights.