Three Benefits Of Integrating Solar Thermal Technology With Conventional HVAC Heating Systems

Posted on: 15 January 2015


If you want to reduce your energy costs, there are a lot of things that you can have done. Some of the things you may be considering can include completely replacing an existing heating system. There are also upgrades and integrations that you can have done, such as the integration of solar thermal energy, for your heating. This can give you free energy from the sun to heat your home, and greatly reduce your heating costs. Here are some of the benefits of using solar energy as a heat source for your home:

1. Very Low Installation Cost

Solar panels can be costly to have installed on a home, but with solar thermal heating, the collectors are different. These are liquid filled solar panels that heat the water to heat your home rather than to produce energy. These systems require fewer connections and not battery bank to store electricity. This means a lower installation cost for your solar energy, and when you consider the amount of money you will save on your heating bills, it could pay for itself over time.

2. Very Low Operation Cost For Heating

The use of solar thermal energy can greatly reduce your heating costs. These systems provide you with heating when there is readily available sunlight, but when there is not sunlight, you will need a backup system. Most of the time, you will be able to heat your home with 'free energy' from the sun. These systems can also include thermal storage systems, such as a ground loop like in geothermal systems. The storage aspect of the system will allow you to store energy from the sun to use whenever you need it to heat your home.

3. Almost No Maintenance Or Repairs To Heating

Since many solar thermal systems use evacuated tubes for heating, these systems have no need for things like pumps or other moving parts. This helps to reduce any repairs and maintenance that your system may need. Unlike biomass systems, these systems will not require cleaning and regular maintenance either. They also help to reduce the stress on a conventional systems when they integrate with central HVAC. The reduced stress on the system will also help to reduce wear and your heating system will last much longer.

These are some of the benefits that you will get from using solar energy to heat your home. If you need help integrating solar energy into your HVAC system, contact a heating repair contractor like someone from They will be able to help you create a balanced system that takes advantage of the energy that is available from the sun.