Question by lil flippo: would the windows in a passive solar heating system have to be well insulated? explain?
Answer by Thomas passive solar design requires that ambient solar warmth coming in out pace the loss of heat any window creates let alone a wall of windows most passive solar requires. Hence R value of the windows should be as high as possible to make the system most efficient – indeed if done poorly such a system might actually cause a net loss of heat rather then gain
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Question by Torkaine: Please help me! I don’t understand the question. Compare and contrast passive solar heating uses to…?
Compare and contrast passive solar heating uses to active solar system applications. Please, I don’t understand the question and I’m so confused. I need an answer by the end of September.
Answer by Newton1Law Passive solar heating is what happens when you let sun shine through your window and heat your home. You could place a large stone or concrete wall painted black and placed inside a room with windows facing the sun. During the day, the sun heats the wall. At night you use the stored heat to warm your home. These are examples of “passive” solar heating, i.e., no active elements.
If you place solar panels on your roof to convert solar energy directly to electrical energy and then use the electricity to run a heater. The solar panel is an “Active device”