HTP - Mar 18, 2015
11 Benefits of Solar Heating
- Solar thermal collectors can be used to produce domestic hot water for both residential and commercial needs.
- Solar thermal collectors are 30% – 70% efficient in converting the sun’s energy into usable heat vs. solar electric or P.V. panels which are 10% – 15% efficient in converting the sun’s energy into usable electricity.
- Solar thermal water heaters are capable of providing up to 70% or more of annual hot water used.
- Solar Skies' thermal collectors produce approximately 1,000 BTUS per sq. ft. per day. One Solar Skies SS-40 Series solar thermal collector can produce 40,000 BTUS’ daily.
- 1 sq. ft. of solar thermal collector can produce up to 1 1/2 gallons of hot water per day. So a 4’ x 10’ (Solar Skies SS-40) solar thermal collector can produce 40 – 60 gallons of 120° water per day in MN.
- Solar thermal collectors must face south. Within 30° East or West of due South is acceptable.
- Solar thermal collectors should be tilted equal to the latitude of the location they are installed in for best year-round performance.
- Solar thermal collectors can be mounted on a roof, a building’s side wall, or on the ground away from the building.
- Snow or morning frost will accumulate on the collector but will melt off as soon as the sun comes out.
- The tempered glass used to manufacture the Solar Skies Collectors are not as fragile as they might seem. It has been tested and SRCC approved for 350 PSI.
- The life span of a solar thermal collector is 30+ years with minimal to no maintenance.
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