Solar heating and cooling systems use thermal energy from the sun and directly convert that energy into heat to heat a space like a pool, room, etc.
Contrasting fossil fuels, this type of energy is renewable and solar energy is abundant. Many modern cooling and heating systems have been made using solar panels or other components that allow them to capture thermal energy.
Most part of the world has an abundance of sunlight to convert it into energy for heating and cooling systems. Let us understand more about solar heating systems.
What is a solar heater, and how does it work?
Solar heaters use energy from the sun to heat water and sometimes air in buildings. In general, there are two types of solar heating systems which are:
A passive heating system depends on the building’s structure, material, etc., to heat things in the building. It depends on the architecture of the building because, with that, it tries to maximize the heating effect of the sunlight on the building.
Active heating system components are used to collect and distribute the energy in the buildings for hot water or air.
Heating and cooling both works in similar ways. The way solar heating works is that:
There are collectors on the device. These captivate the sunlight, and then there is a heat carrier fluid that heats up.
After that, the fluid is taken to the system, which exchanges heat of the solar storage using a pump. In this solar storage, thermal energy is conveyed.
What is a solar cooler, and how does it work?
First, the energy from the sun is converted into electricity through solar cells. This energy is stored in batteries.
After that, the hot air is pulled in by the fan and then taken through moist cooling pads, which turns the dry, hot air into the cool fresh air.
The pads have equal water pumped from the bottom to the top left. Then the air is pulled through the cooling pad, which makes the water evaporate. This decreases the temperature making the fan blow cold air.
Benefits of using solar heating and cooling systems
They use 100% solar energy, meaning that one can enjoy extra hours of heating or cooling without having to worry about the electricity bills shooting high.
Solar energy is more environmentally friendly, thus helping in conserving the environment. Other cooling and heating systems have CFC gas coolants which harm the ozone layer and also emit harmful gases like carbon dioxide.
Solar heating and cooling have numerous benefits, most of which are quite obvious. Everyone knows of the benefits of using solar energy, and we need to make use of this energy, for we have an abundance of it. There are various types of these systems that use solar energy.
The Bottom Line
So, what are you waiting for? When are you planning to shift to using solar energy to make this world and environment a better place to live in?