Heating a house interior is for many people almost a reflex action – simply press this button or turn up this dial. There are many ways though, which could be just as handy but with other advantages. Solar powered energy, which is not hard to install, is an economical method of heating schools and businesses, and also houses. There are several ways to catch the sun’s rays, even during winter. A solar source such as a sun room is needed, which not only attracts sunshine but also keeps the heat within it.
Floor to ceiling glass panels are utilized to create a sun room, which is normally affixed to the residence. It’s best if the sun room faces the sun in the morning, as it’s then situated to gather the most amount of sunshine possible. The sun rays get into the room unimpeded by the glass and heat up all things in it. The heat continues to be within the room, because it can’t escape through the glass walls. The heating is very efficient provided that the room is built correctly, and of course it is completely natural.
Thermal mass, which keeps the heat after it has been absorbed, is another of several other forms of solar heating. It does this as the sun is intense, holding in the heat and then dispersing it as soon as the sun goes down. Another natural solar heating and ventilation system is the trombe wall, which retains the heat by using air channels. The heat will become trapped between the thermal mass which is facing the sun and a glass object. Heat stored inside the wall is radiated by the wall and dispersed through vents. One other system utilizing a wall facing the sun to absorb the sun’s heat, and then heating up air with this energy as it makes its way into a ventilation system, is the transpired collector.
A building can be ventilated with a solar cooling process. It makes use of a steam engine that operates on solar power, with a cooling device affixed to it, which collects the heat and converts the steam into ice. The solar chimney, constructed by hollowing out a thermal mass, is a different kind of solar ventilation system. Air inside the chimney is heated and as it rises it is circulated to where it is required. From the foregoing it is apparent that a number of ways exist by which homes, schools and businesses can be warmed up. These are but a few of the different methods wherein solar energy, in conjunction with natural materials, can be employed to provide heat. None of them were making use of non-renewable resources to create artificial heating.
These examples could be of use if you are considering heating up your residence using only sustainable resources. They all make use of the power of the sun. You will get the best use out of these systems if your house is located in a consistently sunny place. All of us have to have a heat source to warm our homes with.