Heating your home can be a major expense, especially if you use gas or oil. Today, modern heating systems are much more efficient, but you still may want to consider different ways that you can improve the efficiency of your heating. Using solar energy to heat your home can be a great option, and there are many different ways that solar energy can be incorporated into home heating. This can be something as simple as a passive home design, or more involved solutions like solar water heaters or using solar panels to power different aspects of your heating. Here are some of the solutions that you may want to consider to incorporate solar energy into your home heating:
1. Passive Designs That Can Be Added With Remodeling And Renovations
Passive heating designs are simply architectural designs that take advantage of sunlight, such as using a greenhouse or sunroom to provide heating. It can also include additional rooftop windows known as skylights to provide your home with natural heat and light. These are great solutions if you are planning on doing major renovations or remodeling projects. In addition, if you are building a new home, you may want to consider passive designs to incorporate into your home.
2. Installing Solar Water Heaters To Be Used With Conventional Heating Systems
One of the most affordable types of solar energy solutions is a water heater powered by the sun. Solar water heaters can be used for many different mechanical systems in your home, in addition to water heaters. The water heater can be connected to thermal storage tanks that store the hot water to be used by other mechanical systems such as your home heating. One advantage of these systems is that many conventional appliances can be adapted to incorporate the energy from a solar water heater.
3. Integrating Solar And Wind Energy To Power Different Aspects Of Your Heating System
Solar energy may not be enough to power your heating alone, nor features like the blower. If you want to power part of your heating with renewable energies, you may want to consider a combination of wind and solar energy. These resources can produce electricity to power things like blowers, pumps and other components of your heating system that typically consume a lot of electricity.
These are some of the options you may want to consider to incorporate solar energy into your home heating. If you need help updating your system with solar energy, contact a heating service (such as Biggerstaff Plumbing Heating & Air) and talk with them about some of these solutions to add solar energy to your home.