Solar Heating – I need some insight on solar heating for a house?

Question by Jason: I need some insight on solar heating for a house?
My wife and I are looking at this house that has solar heating and I just want to know a little more about how it all works. The house I’m guessing has solar panels on the roof. In the basement has what a peers to be a regular water heater, next to it is what I think is a solar water heater, it says something like “electric solar storage.” Their are also rechargeable batteries in a different room. they look like car batteries, in a different room their is some kind of small engine that has battery hookups. Plus the solar panels create heat through its own system of ventilation through the house I think. Things I would like to know is how all this works, how long it last. P.S. Would their be a normal gas or electric furnace that operates with the solar unit?

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Answer by oldguyoncorner
One would assume the seller would have all the answers to your questions– make that part of the proposed offer on the house before an offer is tendered—solar power homes are still one of’s and need many answers before buying– if the proper permits were not taken out when all the solar stuff was installed -check the permit dept of the town /city—- WALK WALK AWAY—-

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Q&A: Solar Heating – how does a SOLAR heated house work??

Question by leer: how does a SOLAR heated house work??
like this

http://www.mb-soft.com/solar/index.html

what kind of glass does it use???

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Answer by rofe
I am not sure what type of glass this uses from the article. A clear or slightly smoked glass over a black absorptive surface picks up the most heat. The advantage to the slightly smoked glass comes from it being less reflective.We lived in a solar house for awhile that was oriented to straight south. Quite often we did not get the full benefit of the sun because the afternoon sun produced more heat than we could store. I always felt that a slight southeast exposure would have worked better because we needed more morning heat to recover from overnight usage. The air beneath the glass was warmed by the solar radiation and circulated to a large container of rocks to store the heat. Rocks were about 4″ in diameter.

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Solar Heating -Self-Heating Eco-House Concept – Solar Earth Sheltered House – Veljko Milkovic

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Solar Heating – I need some insight on solar heating for a house?

Question by Mrs.Aldridge: I need some insight on solar heating for a house?
My wife and I are looking at this house that has solar heating and I just want to know a little more about how it all works. The house I’m guessing has solar panels on the roof. In the basement has what a peers to be a regular water heater, next to it is what I think is a solar water heater, it says something like “electric solar storage.” Their are also rechargeable batteries in a different room. they look like car batteries, in a different room their is some kind of small engine that has battery hookups. Plus the solar panels create heat through its own system of ventilation through the house I think. Things I would like to know is how all this works, how long it last. P.S. Would their be a normal gas or electric furnace that operates with the solar unit?

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Answer by GABY
Sounds like it may have two solar systems. One for electricity and one for solar hot water heat. The electric system sounds like it may have the capability for stand-alone (no grid hooked up) because it has battery storage and it sounds like a diesel or gas back-up generator.

If it has solar hot water storage, it must also have solar hot water collectors with water lines and probably a small pump somewhere.

First the stand alone solar electric system. It must have an array of photo voltaic panels for collecting, a charge controller that controls the current to the batteries, a main controller/rectifier that changes DC to AC and controls current flow from/to generator / battery bank / loads, and a generator backup for cloudy weather days and dead battery reasons.If the system has the capability of grid connected usage, it also requires a power controller installed and approved by your power company.

If it has a hot water heating system with storage tank, it may only have electric heating coils in the tank, or could have boiler as well. It may or may not have another furnace for back up.

Be very careful. Get someone that really knows solar systems. Solar systems are great, but a stand alone system that will supply an average size home is very large (probably around 12 panels or more, and a very large battery bank of 12-24 Golf Cart size batteries). Even this system will not supply heat or air conditioning. Forget running water pumps, frost free refrigerators, and large lighting systems. People that have these systems are normally very frugal with power usage because if you have to run a generator, it is very expensive power.

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Solar Heating – Santa Clara University Solar Decathlon House

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Santa Clara University Solar Decathlon House
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Image by Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17) ** Santa Clara University (SCU) has been selected as one of only 20 international competitors of the Solar Decathlon 2007, and was the only school west of the Rockies chose to compete. The house of Santa Clara has a number of unique features that are both sustainable and energy efficiency, including the first bamboo I-beams in the United States and insulation made from recycled blue jeans. A central computer automatically adjusts the light filtering film on windows, an absorption chiller turns the water heated by solar energy in chilled water, and 48 batteries originally made for forklift store surplus energy of the day and return at night.

Fixing the solar water heater tubes
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