In my series on alternative ways to heat, cool, generate energy and warm water this has to be my favorite heating method for simplicity and style.
Hot Air Solar Panels are exterior active solar heat panels that can heat one room or your whole building. If you are looking for a simple solution to lower heating costs or a quick, low cost way to start a green heating solution, this is your baby. All you need is a South facing exterior wall and you can augment or heat your entire home with this easy 1 day do it yourself installation. Unlike other heat sources, this allows you to maintain a comfortable temperature while reducing your carbon footprint with this clean energy source.
These good looking solar panels generate FREE heat, pulling cool air from your space through the absorber panels where it is warmed and blown back to heat the space for pennies a day or there are self-powered units where no electrical hook-up required.. The built-in thermostat automatically controls the fan and thus the temperature.
Mounting vertically on exterior walls eliminates the cost and risk of roof mounted systems. Pairing these could look like a French door or on opposite sides of a door or window can look like shutters blending in with your house.
Although not normally done, these can be mounted on a roof as well. And the usage is not limited to the house of course. I want to add heat the garage without increasing my heating bills, so this is perfect! You can use in any outbuilding too, like a barn, shed or pool house.
The solar store with over 20 locations nationwide has been installing these for many years and even provides free educational seminars so you can evaluate what products are best for you and your location. I recommend you attending one.
Knowledge is power, or is the sun the power?