Energy Efficient Solar Heating

Solar heating has been around for a long time, yet is becoming more and more efficient as new technology finds ways to make it easier to heat an entire house or fun certain aspects of the home based on solar heating. There are solar roof tiles, solar water heaters and other solar powered devices that can be implemented into the home to make it more energy efficient. This can help save on cost as well as being a more environmentally friendly choice in the home.

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Solar heating can be achieved through the use of solar roof tiles or panels that are usually placed on the roof of the home. Although all homes that have sunlight can use them, they are especially efficient in homes that have a large section of roof that is facing south, so that it is exposed to sunlight for the majority of the day in all seasons of the year. There are different types of solar roof tiles that can be used to provide energy to the home so that it is heated by solar energy. The roof tiles catch the energy from the sun and convert it to the energy needed to power the different systems in the home. Often individuals can work with the power company so that their home only pulls energy from the power company when there is not enough gathered from the sun. When there is an excess of energy, it can often be sold to the power company for use in other people’s homes.

There are also solar heating devices that can be used to heat the water for the home. There are two different types of devices: passive and active. The passive devices do not have circulating pumps and controls to move the water around and heat it from the sun. The active solar heating systems for water have these devices and are a more effective method of heating the water in most situations. These solar heating devices work best when there is adequate insulation around the water heating device so that all the heat collected is not lost through the tank.

There are two types of systems that are used in solar heating for water. One tank systems have a back up heater in the same tank as the solar storage portion. In two tank systems, the solar heater preheats that water before it goes into the conventional water heater so that less energy is expended in keeping the water hot.

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