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Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...heater or cottage water heater, you would see more benefits by adjusting the angle accordingly. Generally, in Canada 45° - 60° degrees is considered the best overall angle for solar thermal heat collection . Purchase: You can purchase individual solar components separately, but buying a pre-engineered solar therm...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...solar thermal collector? A photovoltaic (PV) solar collector converts solar radiation into electricity , but a solar thermal collector is much simpler than that. It refers to a device that collects heat directly from solar radiation. That can be as simple and rudimentary as water being pumped through a black tube lay...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...solar heating on a budget! DIY solar air heater videos are a big hit on YouTube, with a couple of main staple ideas - recycled pop can solar collectors, downspout solar collectors, screen or sheet metal solar collectors. If you don't have it in you to make one yourself, solar air heaters for sale are also available o...

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...heaters Combination hot water tank and boiler Combination solar water heater and boiler Geothermal heat pumps Hydronic radiators and baseboard heaters will transfer heat in the same way as electric resistant heat sources. So for comparison shopping, efficiency of heat generation isn't as much an issue as inst...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...solar-heated air into the thermal battery which is the concrete slab floor. Passive Solar air-heated radiant floor slab on grade forming kit © Ecohome Solar air heating panels are a growing trend in green building online , with one notable shortfall – the heat that is generated is difficult to store or control....

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...Solar water heaters solar hot water heater diagram image via bonney.com If you’ve ever sat in a car with black leather seats in the summer, you already understand solar heat collection. The amount of heat that can be generated by the most rudimentary solar collection system is astounding. Check out our DIY so...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...heater that offers you only a 1 to 1 ratio. The Voltex water heater from AO Smith is an air-to-water heat pump which extracts heat from the air to generate hot water, so in the winter that 3 to 1 heating ratio of the first heat pump is transferred to the water heater. And the more 'free' heat you have in winter (sola...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...Solar thermal heating and solar water heaters This refers to using solar panels to absorb heat in a liquid (mix of glycol and water) and redistribute it throughout the house, through radiators or radiant floor heat. A system can work to heat your home, as well as pre-heating your domestic hot water. It can ea...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...solar collection in home design - active and passive. An active solar home has an expensive array of panels; either photovoltaic for power generation or thermal solar for heat collection. Both are complicated systems that will likely include some moving parts that will eventually, without fail.... fail. Passive solar...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...solar panels. Solar heating is essentially free (there are some small increases in electricity for the costs of pumping water through larger solar panels, but it is minimal as this links to the pool filtration system anyhow if planned and built right.) The downside of solar, especially in more northern areas, is that i...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...solar systems do not lend themselves well to solar trackers (panels that follow the sun to maximize efficiency) which is not uncommon to see with PV solar systems. On average, a photovoltaic system has a much longer service life than a solar thermal system. For a solar thermal system, the less the temperature diffe...