Many people are looking for a very simple, low cost way to
solve the problems that fossil fuels are causing us.
Unfortunately, there are fundamental
differences between solar heating systems and typical fossil
fuel systems that are difficult to overcome. They do not combine very
Boiler temperatures are too high for solar collectors
- Solar heating systems must operate at fairly low temperatures
(100°F- 120°F) in order to be efficient. Most heating systems
that use a boiler are engineered to operate at temperatures above
A boiler system has no efficient way to store significant
amounts of heat - A solar heating system should have some way
to store solar energy for nighttime use and for use on cloudy days. If
heat storage is not provided for, the solar heating system will only
be useful when the sun is shining, and most buildings do not need much
heat under those conditions.
HOWEVER, it is often possible to simply add a
solar heating system to a home and use the existing heating system as
a back up.
|If you can see the underside of the first floor from the
basement, it will be possible to retrofit an underfloor radiant
THEN, YOU WILL HAVE THE ADVANTAGES OF BOTH AT A SURPRISINGLY
What if you want to retrofit an existing building? Click here
to learn more
about your options.