If you want to have an HVAC system that is more energy efficient, you may want to consider using solar energy. This can be done in several ways, such as using passive solar heating to reduce heating costs, or active solar heating for your entire home. You can also use solar energy to power the air conditioner in your home to keep your home cool during the hottest days of summer. If you want to save energy using solar energy with your heating and cooling, here are four things that you may want to consider:
1. Passive Solar Heating To Use With Conventional Central Heating Systems
Passive solar heating is the process of using a solar collector to heat air. This warm air can then be distributed in your home using a small solar powered fan. This can help to heat your home during daylight hours and reduce the energy that a conventional central HVAC system uses to heat your home. It is an affordable solution for solar heating, which you can find DIY projects to do, or you can have a simple solar collector installed by a professional.
2. Active Solar Heating To Heat Your Home During Sunny Days
Active solar heating is a more complete solution for solar heating for your home. These are systems that have collectors that are filled with a liquid, which is then used to provide your home with heating. These can be used with central HVAC systems, but will require an alternative source of heating to compensate for days when solar energy is not available. The backup heating system can be a gas or electric heating element. If you choose to use an electric element, it can be connected to a PV solar array and battery bank to make the system completely independent.
3. Thermal Storage For Heating And Cooling Of Your Home
Thermal storage is the process of storing thermal energy from the sun, cooling and refrigeration systems. The system can store energy when it is not being used, and later use it as a source of energy to heat your home. So, when you use your AC during the summer, the warm thermal energy can be stored for when you need heating during cooler months.
4. Using PV Solar Panels To Power Conventional AC Systems
You can also use solar panels to provide your home with cooling during the winter months. You will need to have PV solar panels installed, and a system that can be powered by the panels. This type of system may require smaller units and zoning to work more efficiently. This is best for smaller homes and homes with excellent insulation, which do not need a lot of cooling. It can also be a great solution for homes in mild climates.
These are some of the ways you can combine solar energy with the heating and cooling needs of your home. If you want to set up one of these systems, contact a heating and cooling service such as Arendosh Heating & Cooling and ask them about solar solutions for your home.