Solar space heating systems are one of the most well-known solar thermal systems in the industry. They use solar evacuated tubes that perform well in low light conditions and temperatures that reach minus 35 degrees.
You can integrate solar thermal with an existing heating system like a radiator, in-floor heat or forced air heat. As a homeowner, you can expect to save up to 50% of your heating bill. After all home heating consumes a great portion of your energy utility bills – the payback can be under 5 years.
The Basic Principles of Solar Space Heating Systems
The solar space heaters use solar evacuated tube collectors to absorb solar energy. This energy is again transferred to a storage tank or concrete pad (in-floor heating). The heat that stored is then integrated with the existing heating systems to provide the heat supply.
The demand for heat happens during the winter through a secondary dissipation loop may be required to offload the heat during the summer months. If you use a pool or a hot tub at home, the excess heat energy can be transferred in the summer offering the customer enough heat in the winter.
Alternatively, a dissipation loop like a buried pipe or exterior fan can be utilized to dump the heat. A geothermal system is also the perfect way to get rid of the excess amount of heat in the summer storing it in the ground for the winter.