Solar Heat

Solar Collectors Can Heat Water and Living Spaces

UPDATED 9/29/2011

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Active solar space heating systems require a lot of equipment


solar potential varies around the country

In many U.S. climates, a solar hot water system is a sensible way to heat water for showers and laundry. However, it usually makes less sense to use a solar thermal system for space heating.

The performance of an active solar space heating system depends on the equipment installed, the climate, the solar potential of the site, how well the house is insulated and air-sealed, and the type of heat distribution system in the house.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory says homeowners can expect to meet up to 40% to 60% of their winter space-heating needs with solar collectors; in many climates, performance ...

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