Solar heating options
Hello, I'm in Westchester NY, climate zone 4. I am considering getting a PV system installed. The system will be approx 10k and will cover most if not all of my electrical use during the year.
My current heating is provided by a standard 3 pass boiler (oil), 50 gal indirect hot water tank and Hydronic air-handlers a 4 ton and 1.5 ton which heats 3000 sq/ft. I guess my question is whether there is a potential for me to heat the house by retrofitting the solar heating of water with the hydro-air air-handlers instead of using the current boiler?
I have been reading about a similar system mentioned on the net with no other real specifics for me to elaborate on other than that it can provide hot water for the house, radiant heat or a hydro-air system through the PV with a natural gas backup. I don't know how much power this type of system would draw to produce enough hot water for heating purposes and therefore how much I would have to up the size of the PV system and reduce my electrical to make it possible. Even more important is whether something like this even exist?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Posted Feb 22, 2013 12:57 AM ET
Edited Feb 22, 2013 9:00 AM ET
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