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Solar Heat 

Solar Heating Best For The Environment

Solar refers to the sun and solar heating, therefore, means utilizing the sunís thermal energy to provide space heating and hot water to homes and buildings. With a natural source of energy, this type of heating system has major benefits to homes as it can really save a lot of energy, utility costs and produce clean energy. But for the curious mind, solar heating actually relies on various factors like solar radiation, surface area, surface reflectance, emissivity, ambient temperature and thermal convection from the wind.  

Types and uses
A solar heating system has a solar collector that faces the sun to absorb heat energy. Solar heating consists of active and passive solar heating. In active heating, pumps are used to move air or liquid from the solar collector to the building or home. Passive heating, on the other hand, does not need electrical or mechanical equipment but rather depends on the homeís structure and design for collection, storage and distribution heat. In this type of system, water moves via natural convection. In most cases, solar water-heating systems work best with conventional gas or electric-water heating systems.


Apart from space heating, solar heat can also be used in heating water and pools. Solar space heaters and water heaters are made of solar collectors where heat is stored. The system collects the sunís energy to heat air or fluid which, in turn, transfers solar heat directly to a home, pool or water.


Advantages

The benefits people get from using solar energy are very valuable. First of all, it is helpful to the environment in that it does not cause pollution or emit greenhouse gases. It also does not lower the Earthís energy resources. Being environment-friendly, solar energy is clean and safe for everybody. People need not worry about tanks that contain flammable materials and about chemical odors.
Solar energy is very reliable because it is not influenced by political and economic factors so people are always assured of a steady supply. Best of all, itís free because after installing the system, the heat we get wonít cost anything. Only a small amount of electricity is needed to run the pumps that circulate heated water throughout the solar heating system.


The only downside for this system may be its initial high cost. It might cost more to purchase the equipment and install a solar system but eventually, users will recover their initial costs by way of great fuel savings and a durable product which can last form 15 to 30 years. 

In the U.S., the efficiency and reliability of solar heating systems have greatly improved the reason they have become popular options for the home and office. The U.S. Department of Energy and its partners are said to be working hard to design more solar heating systems that are cost-effective. Their aim is to enable this type of system to reach the average consumers and help them lower their utility bills. The ultimate goal is to reduce the countryís use of fossil fuels in a bid to preserve the environment.

Heating Systems

Solar Heat

forced air heatingSolar heating means utilizing the sunís thermal energy to provide space heating and hot water to homes and buildings. With a natural source of energy, this type of heating system has major benefits to homes

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Radiant Heat

Radiant HeatThis heating system works by providing heat directly to the floor or panels in the wall or ceiling. Radiant heating from the floor is known as radiant floor heating or simply floor heating and has actually three types 



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Hydronic Heat

Hydronic HeatHydronic heating refers to the use of water as the medium in transferring heat in heating and cooling systems. It is sometimes called in-floor or in-slab heating. This type is one of the oldest and most commonly used heating systems 

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Geothermal Heat

Geothermal HeatGeothermal heating systems are also known as ground-source heat pumps that draw a steady supply of heat energy from the soil and move it through a home or building.

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