GBA Logo horizontal Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Audio Play Icon Headphones Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Picture icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon
Green Basics

Green Heating Options

Green Heating Systems Can Heat the House and Its Water

ABOUT HEAT AND HOT WATER

Most houses need equipment to stay warm

When the sun is shining, a passive solar house design can take advantage of available solar heat. But in many climates, winter days are short and winter weather is often cloudy, so passive solar gains are rarely adequate to keep a home warm all winter long.

A heating system strongly influences a home’s energy use. Only three things have a greater effect: air sealing, insulation, windows.

GBA Prime

This article is only available to GBA Prime Members

Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.

Start Free Trial

0 Comments

Log in or become a member to post a comment.

Related

  • Green Basics

    Water Heating

    UPDATED 04/05/2012Tank or Tankless: Reduce the Load to Lower Water Heating Costs

  • Green Basics

    Solar Heat

    Solar Collectors Can Heat Water and Living SpacesUPDATED 9/29/2011

  • Green Basics

    Heat Pumps: The Basics

    Heat Pumps Use Heat in the Air, Earth, or Water to Heat a House

  • Green Basics

    Cooling Options

    To Cut Energy Costs, Look for Low-tech Cooling First

Community

Recent Questions and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |