Solar Radiant & Space Heating Basics

Home heating costs are through the roof these days! Traditional heating fuels – heating oil, propane, natural gas and electricity cost more and more every day. Today, many homes spend thousands of dollars every year just on heating. In fact, heating typically accounts for 30-40% (or more) of your total home energy bills. The amounts (and percentages) can be dramatically more for small and medium-sized businesses.

A solar radiant and space heating system can easily  cut 50%, or more, of your home/office heating costs every year. This can amount to a savings of hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year in heating cost savings Рleading to a payback period of only a few years.

Additionally, solar radiant and space heating systems are incredibly versatile, and can be tied into virtually any type of home/office heating system. They are also extremely reliable, and can be used efficiently and cost-effectively in nearly every climate found around the world.

Types of Solar Heating Systems:

A solar radiant or space heating system can be used in nearly every existing heating system, allowing thousands of customers to reduce their heating costs without investing a fortune by installing a completely new heating system. Your new solar heating system can be used for:

  • In-Floor Radiant Heating Systems
  • Thermal Mass Radiant Heating Systems
  • Baseboard Radiator Heating Systems
  • Forced Hot Air Heating Systems

This extreme versatility is one of the strongest reasons behind the growth in popularity of solar home/office radiant and space heating systems in recent years.

Sizing Solar Radiant & Space Heating Kits:

Sizing a solar radiant or space heating system is a bit trickier than sizing a domestic hot water or pool heating system. There are many more factors to take into account, and because these systems are generally larger, and more expensive, it is increasingly important that the sizing be fairly accurate.

Several factors that must be considered when sizing a solar radiant heating system include:

  • The size of your home or office that needs to be heated (ft2)
  • The typical outdoor temperature in your area
  • The typical solar radiation in your area
  • The insulation (R-Value) of the walls, doors, windows, floors and ceilings in your home/office
  • The budget you have for the project
  • The type of solar heating system you intend to use
  • The type of solar collectors you intend to use
  • The amount of your heating bills you would like to offset

Because of the significant investment involved in a solar radiant or space heating system, The Solar Hot Water Store recommends that you consult one of our professional, trained technicians to assist you in choosing the right sized system for your needs, expectations and budget.

Typical System Components:

There are several key components that are found in almost every solar radiant or space heating program. These components are:

  • Solar Collectors: Evacuated Tubes or Flat Plate Solar Collectors
  • Solar Storage Tank: Typically a larger Commercial Storage Tank for Thermal Storage (typically with internal heat exchangers)
  • Water to Air Heat Exchanger: Specifically for Forced Hot Air Heating Systems
  • Circulator Pumps: In a radiant/space heating system there is typically a pump in the solar collector loop, as well as one, or more, circulator pumps for the heating zones
  • Differential Temperature Controller: This controls the heating of the solar storage tank by measuring the temperature of the water within the tank and within the solar collectors
  • Typical Heating System Components: These can include PEX tubing for HTF transfer, thermostats, and plumbing/installation hardware

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