Building Codes, Covenants and Regulations for Solar Heating Systems
Before installing a solar energy system, you should investigate local building codes, zoning ordinances, and subdivision covenants, as well as any special regulations pertaining to the site. You will probably need a building permit to install a solar energy system onto an existing building. Due to the light weight of Skyline® systems, structural is not usually an issue.
Installing Your Solar Heating System
Hundreds of handy homeowners have installed Skyline® solar water heaters. With many color pictures and clear directions, the SolarRoofs.com installation manual may be the best in the industry. Also see our complete installation Video section.
There are generally 4 ways to get your system installed:
1) The homeowner installs the entire system by themselves or with a helper by reading the installation manual and watching the installation Videos.
2) If adding a tank, the homeowner has a plumber set the tank which requires some soldering and then the homeowner does the no solder solar loop installation themselves.
3) The homeowner has a plumber set the tank and then a handyman reads the manual and installs the solar loop (often the homeowner helps the handyman).
4) A professional solar contractor installs the system. Professionals usually charge anywhere from $1,800.00 to $3,000.00 to install as they have to cover costs such as workers compensation, labor, insurance and warranty.
Maintaining Your Solar Heating System
Very little maintenance is needed for Skyline® systems and collectors. When there is no rain for a long period of time it is good to rinse your collectors with water to get the dust off. Please see Operations and Maintenance manuals.
Most solar water heaters are automatically covered under your homeowner's insurance policy. However, damage from freezing is generally not. Contact your insurance provider to find out the policy. Even if your provider will cover your system, it is best to inform them in writing that you own a new system.