Shining the Light on Solar Heating and Cooling

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 519993

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Using passive solar design techniques to heat and cool your home can be both environmentally friendly and cost effective.

Passive solar heating techniques include placing larger, insulated windows on south-facing walls and locating thermal mass, such as a concrete slab floor or a heat-absorbing wall, close to the windows. In many homes, your heating costs could be more than 50% lower than the cost of heating the same house that does not include passive solar design.

Passive solar design can also help reduce your cooling costs. Passive solar cooling techniques include carefully designed overhangs, windows with reflective coatings, and reflective coatings on exterior walls and the roof.

 A passive solar house requires careful design and site orientation, which depend on the local climate. So, if you are considering passive solar design for new construction or a major remodeling, you should consult an architect familiar with passive solar techniques.

Solar Tips

  • Keep all south-facing glass clean.
  • Make sure that objects do not block the sunlight shining on concrete slab floors or heat-absorbing walls.

Excerpted from U.S. Department of Energy.

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Karen Rice
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I find this subject fascinating.  Shade from well chosen and well placed trees can also help to keep a house cool in the summer.  Green considerations like these are going to become more important to buyers as fuel prices continue to rise.  Thanks for posting.

May 22, 2011 03:25 PM #1
Nancy Jorden

I love my solar panels. They are able to keep the house cool or warm. It does depend on the sun though. I think that it is a great way to save money.

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