How a Solar Space Heating System Works
Solar Thermal Space Heating Systems capture energy from the sun to supplement the existing heating system for a residential or commercial building. Utilizing solar heating collectors which efficiently absorb the heat produced by the sun, much of the fuel cost can be offset with clean energy utilization.
These systems are often designed to fit a specific application or home, and can be used to provide interior heat during colder weather and utilized for other purposes in warmer weather, such as a swimming pool and domestic water heating.
A solar space heating system works with your existing hot water based heating system. A fluid is circulated through the solar array, where it is heated, and then the heat is transferred to the solar storage tank.
As the water passes through the heat exchanger, it is warmed, and then returned to your heating system. This effectively keeps your heating system off - or significantly shortens the amount of energy the backup heater consumes.
An added heat exchanger is often used with solar space heating systems to provide for domestic hot water or supplemental pool heating as well. This is especially effective during the summer months, when the heating system is not active.