Solar air heater
Posted by Solar energy guru | Filed under Solar thermal solutions
Just as is the case in solar water heating systems, solar air heating systems can be passive, active, or a combination of these two methods. The simpler the system, the easier and cheaper the system will be. However, in colder temperatures or when retrofitting a building, you may be forced into using more active systems. Passive systems either directly absorb the sun’s heat, or uses materials that store the heat then release it into the home. Active system use collectors, then circulators to get the heat throughout the desired space. Your geographical location, budget and uses of your heater will influence what kind of system you will purchase.
Solar power has grown in popularity as energy process continues to rise and the Earth’s natural resources continue to dwindle. In addition to purchasing the solar heating systems mentioned above, purchasing solar panels and hooking them either into an on- or off-grid electrical system with your utility provider is another options.
Money saved in the long run over these devices can be a huge draw to purchasing these devices; so don’t be dissuaded about the upfront price. Once the initial purchase is made, little maintenance is required, and the savings you will experience will pay off the device in the long run and could even make you money. In addition, there are many local, regional and government incentives out there that reward people who use solar power technologies.
Read on to learn about your various solar air heater options:
- The Eltron’s CK Electric Fan Heater is a sleek, modern device that could be a viable alternative to mounted heaters. Both useful and aesthetically pleasing. The device is designed to be curved for efficiency. The vent is pointed toward the ground for efficiency’s sake. By warming the floors, optimum heat distribution can be reached. The 120-volt device outputs 1500 watts of energy, or can operate at 240 volts and out 2000 watts of energy. A three-year warranty covers parts.
- Clear Dome offers a system it called Building Integrated Solar Forced (BISF) air heating panels. They can be affixed to the roof or mounted on the wall or awnings. These devices are about 50 to 60 percent efficient as their traditional counterparts, which is considered quite high, and there are government incentives out there that can reimburse you for the purchase of this system.
- A company called Caddet, which is located in the Netherlands, offers a radiant heating panel system, relying on heat radiation rather than convection (as is common in the United States). This system boasts 33 percent in energy savings over heat pumps and 52 percent over baseboard heating methods. Modularly designed, these devices offer room-by-room temperature control.
- Once common method of solar heating devices are homemade systems. Some of these can be made inside a window, using a solar panel to power a 12-volt fan, for example. In one model, the fan blows the warn air into a wooden blackened box lined with foil and the fan circulates the heat throughout the room. Kits include a solar panel, a fan, a piece of plexiglass, fireboard, and a wooden frame with dividers.
- Affordable Solar offers a radiant energy panel that you can mount on a sliding glass door. Durable, easy to use and 100 percent safe, this passive system uses the heat form the sun to direct it into the home. These devices must be placed on south-facing windows. This acts in a lot of ways like the dashboard of your car after it’s been sitting under the sun too long. Each panel at its peak will provide 2,000 BTUs, about the same as a small space heater. These devices can even be used as a back-up device if your power ever fails.