Everyone is looking to save money these days. And many of those same people are always looking for ways to make their home friendlier to the environment. Using solar energy is one way to do both of those things, but there are many ways you can implement solar energy in your household.
How Does Solar Space Heating Works?
Just as the name itself implies, solar space heating works by using solar energy to heat up a space or room. It’s exactly the same as when solar energy is used to heat up water for a shower or a pool.
A typical solar space heating system can consist of a passive system, an active system or a combination of the two! Passive systems usually close less and are much less complex than an active system, but many people who have a home already built and are installing solar space heating usually only have the option of an active system.
Passive solar space heating systems are designed to naturally take advantage of the sun through a home’s actual design. For instance, homes using a passive solar space heating system are outfitting with large, south-facing windows and special materials in the floors and wall that absorb warmth from the sun during the day and then release it at night when the temperature drops. (They’re almost like greenhouses).
Passive solar space heating systems have three designs: direct gain systems, indirect gain systems and isolated gain systems. Direct gain systems are the simplest. They store and slowly release heat collected from the sun. These solar space heating systems can be prone to overheating the space. Indirect gain systems use materials that are designed to retain heat and are typically located in the walls. An isolated gain solar space heating system collects solar energy from another location and filters it into the rest of the house almost like a sunroom.
Active solar space heating systems, meanwhile, consist of special collectors that collect and absorb solar radiation combined with pumps that distribute that heat. These systems also require an energy-storing system to provide heat when the sun isn’t shining (like at night). Many of these systems are liquid-based but some are also air-based. Air-based systems use an air-to-water heat exchanger to supply heat.
Why Should You Get A Solar Space Heating?
You may not realize it but typically around 50% of a household’s energy bill every month comes from the amount of energy used to heat the house. Being able to cut that bill in nearly half every month will save quite a bit of money in the end and all you have to do is install the correct solar heating panels!