Today’s Hot Tip:  Now is the time to think about a maintenance checkup for  your current heating system or updating to new, more efficient heating equipment. Don’t wait for a cold weather surprise, call us for an appointment today.

Welcome To The Aqua Care Solar Information Center

 

Aqua Care Solar is your complete Solar Heat and Hot Water provider. We cover the installation from start to finish including permitting, plumbing, solar heating system installation, and maintenance of installed systems.

We Also install, service and repair high-efficiency boilers,  water heaters, furnaces and evaporative coolers.  Our expertise includes pool and spa service.  We do both commercial and residential service in all areas.

Call us at 303-589-4428  to schedule your site visit today.

Aqua care Solar is a member of NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners), CoSeia (Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association), Center for Resource Conservation,  BGBG (Colorado Green Building Guild) and the BBB.

Aqua Care Solar is also a qualified Energy Smart contractor.

Ask us about Energy Smart Rebates!

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Solar Hot Water

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Energy.gov has the details on solar hot water:

CHOOSING A SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEM

There are two types of solar water heating systems: active and passive.

ACTIVE
PASSIVE
Direct circulation systems: Pumps circulate household water through the collectors and into the home.Pros: Automatic controllers installed on the system sense when sunlight is being collected.
Cons: Best for areas where temperatures rarely fall below freezing. Only works for single application domestic use.
Integral collector-storage passive systems: Made of a storage tank, solar collection tank, and the pipes that run between them, these systems require cold water to be pumped into the solar collector in batches.Pros: They work well in households with significant daytime and evening hot-water needs.
Cons: Best in areas where temperatures rarely fall below freezing but overall can be less effective.
Indirect circulation systems: Pumps circulate a non-freezing, heat-transfer fluid through the collectors and a heat exchanger. This heats the water that then flows into the home.Pros: Still functions in freezing temperatures. Suitable for multiple solar heating applications like a solar swimming pool as well as domestic use.
Cons: Can be more expensive than direct circulation systems.
Thermosyphon systems: Water flows through the system when warm water rises as cooler water sinks. The collector must be installed below the storage tank so that warm water will rise into the tank.Pros: Reliable system.
Cons: Contractors must pay careful attention to the roof design because of the heavy storage tank. Can be more expensive than integral collector-storage systems.

There’s a lot more information at the link. Check it out and then give us a call for all your solar hot water needs.

303-589-4428

Don’t Wait for That Furnace or Boiler Check-up

We know the temperatures are still rockin’ the 90s but it’s time to start thinking about your heating needs this winter. Get a jump on it with a pre-winter inspection, checkup and cleaning of your Boiler or Furnace. A maintenance inspection will help you avoid unnecessary damage to your equipment.

Service manager, Stefan, offers some sound advice:

Before you start your equipment for the first time this cold weather season, it’s a good idea to have it cleaned. Dust and other debris can cause not only an unpleasant odor upon start-up, but can be a potential fire hazard. In addition, filters must be changed every winter on Furnaces to avoid blowing this unwanted matter into your duct system and then circulating it back into your living space.

For Boilers, it is just as important to clean the area around the burners to avoid fire hazards. And on both furnaces and boilers a complete check-up will make sure you’re not caught without heat the first cold morning of fall.

We suggest a boiler or furnace check-up today. Our preventative maintenance check-up will not only clean up your system, it will make it run as efficiently as possible and prevent premature repairs.

Call today for your appointment before turning on that equipment. For a limited time you’ll receive a free carbon monoxide detector with your check-up. Just another way we want to help keep your family safe.

Call us at 303-589-4428.

Did You Know There Are Still Solar Hot Water Tax Credits Available?

You can save up to 30% of the cost of a solar water heating system, including installation and labor until December 31, 2016.

Call Aqua Care Solar at 303-589-4428 to set up an appointment for your free estimate.

Want more ways to save money on hot water? Energy.gov has a list of ways.

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Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings In Action

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Longmont Power and Communications released its 2013 report to the community which included EnergySmart Program Results. The savings results are as follows:

  1. 1,195 residential customers received on site energy assessments
  2. 5,725 CFLs and 38 LEDs were installed at no cost to homes
  3. 357,500 kWh of electricity was saved by residential customers.
  4. 46 Longmont businesses received energy efficiency retrofits and saved 1060 natural gas therms and 564,700 kwh in electrical savings.

Each kWh of electricity save and each natural gas therm translated into actual $$ saved. These add up quickly. According to LPC, energy retrofit projects completed in 2010 reduced 2013 utility costs by $174, 000.  That is real results.

Energy efficiency creates jobs with the retrofits and offers costs savings with reduced energy usage. Win-win.

Call Aqua Care Solar today and see how we can help you become more energy efficient in 2014 and save money in 2014 and beyond.

303-589-4428

 

One of Our Favorite Cartoonists Reviews His Tesla Model S

…and it’s awesome.  Caution, some adult language:

The Oatmeal: What it’s Like to Own a Tesla

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Click here to continue reading his hilarious take on his Tesla.

THE NAME THE ACCELERATION THE TOUCHSCREEN A SMARTPHONE SAFETY THE FIRES THE SUN TESLA MOTORS

 

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