The sun is our most abundant source of free energy. If even a small portion of this energy were harnessed, it could solve many of our current energy problems. One way of harnessing this abundant power to reduce the heating and cooling demands of a building is through the use of Passive Solar Energy.
What Is Passive Solar Energy & How Does It Work?
Passive solar is all about utilizing the energy of the environment around your home. As a matter of fact, passive solar energy relies purely on the design, positioning, and style of construction of the house, allowing it to respond to the environment with nature doing most of the work.
There are a few ways in which you can utilize this kind of energy, for example:
It can have large amounts of glass on the south side of the house to catch the solar heat.
It could have a concrete floor with tubing embedded in the floor and fluid circulating in the tubing.
You might have limited windows on the north side.
The home may also have ductwork in sunlight-exposed walls to catch additional heat, which can be distributed throughout the home.
These designs in a home create a simple system: the sun falls on the south side of the home through the large glass windows and onto the floor, heating the floor and the fluid in a series of tubes embedded in the floor. The warmed fluid is then circulated throughout the rest of the home, distributing the heat evenly. This method takes advantage of the free heat that is available.
Why Geothermal Energy & Passive Solar Work Together
Depending on the type of environment you live in, you could potentially be able to power your home all year through just passive solar energy. However, that will not be the case for most homes. With this in mind, your home is going to need a secondary power source.
That’s where geothermal energy comes in. Geothermal is the most efficient heating & cooling option available. In fact, in some situations, it is better than solar. That’s where we come in. If you need a geothermal system installed, there’s nobody more experienced or reliable than us. Feel free to reach out, and we can get your installation set up!
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