Solar Hot Water ( Solar Thermal* ) Systems * The term "Solar Thermal" refers to the capturing of heat from the sun into some medium so that the heat can be stored or immediately applied for some useful purpose such as heating water for a laundry or air for a living space.
1. Solar Thermal Systems: SOLAR DOMESTIC HOT WATER (SDHW)
The Domestic Hot Water System illustrated here uses closed loop to heat a water/glycol mixture. The energy absorbed by that mixture is transferred to household water by a heat exchanger, reducing or eliminating the energy required to run the existing hot water heater.
Solar Hot Water System -- Northern Climates
2. Solar Thermal Systems: SOLAR SPACE HEATING (Water)
The heat transfer medium in this system is a water/glycol mixture but the heat exchange is from the heated liquid to the air space. Solar Thermal works well with radiant in-floor heating systems. Heat can also be transferred to the space by moving room air across radiators.
Solar Air Heating System (In-Floor Radiant)
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