Are Solar Heating Panels Worth it in Florida?

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Are Solar Heating Panels Worth it in Florida?

Solar heating panels can save money and the environment, but they aren’t a good fit for everyone. Several factors play into whether this heating option is a good fit for your Florida home. These include but are not limited to the intended use and installation location.

Types of Solar Heating Panels

There are multiple applications for solar heating panels. To determine if they are a good fit for your Florida home, you first need to determine if any of these applications apply to you.

Solar Water Heating

Solar water heaters collect heat from the sun solely to heat the water in the home. Another way to use solar to heat your water is to invest in electric water heaters and residential solar panels. This heating option not only allows the sun to heat your water but, depending on the size of the system, power your entire home.

Solar Pool Heating

There are two ways to go about solar pool heating. The first is to use a solar thermal collector and a pool pump. The pool pump pulls the water into the solar collector. The collector then heats the water and pushes it back into the pool. Another option is to use photovoltaic solar panels to power an electric heater and the pool pump. With this option, you can power everything with the sun instead of just the water temperature.

Solar Space Heating

Solar heating can also heat your home. There are two methods for space heating, including active and passive solar heating.

Active Vs. Passive Solar

Passive solar heating uses the home’s structure to keep it warm in the winter. This type of solar heating is best for new builds because you can design the home to optimize its sun exposure. Active solar heating involves using a variety of mechanisms to generate, store and move heat throughout the home. These systems generally use a solar array to generate heat used to warm up either air, water or antifreeze which is then stored or pumped through the home. This again is best for new builds because of the infrastructure needed.

Deciding the Worth of Florida Solar Heating Panels

Florida typically has mild winters and sweltering summers ranging between 103-110 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity. These conditions make the need for efficient cooling systems far more necessary than heating devices. However, Florida can get chilly. The average winter temperatures in Florida range from 65 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on where you are in the state. While a low of 41 degrees isn’t bad, it isn’t necessarily ideal for jumping in for a swim. These milder winter temperatures also make it, so the solar equipment doesn’t have to work as hard. Depending on what you want the solar heating panels for, this might not be a bad idea.

The Difference Between Solar Heating Panels and Photovoltaic Solar Panels

There are several differences between the composition of solar heating and photovoltaic solar panels, but the main difference is the panel use. Solar heating panels transfer solar-generated heat to water, air or antifreeze, which, in turn, is used to heat something else. Photovoltaic solar panels use the wavelengths of light emitted by the sun to generate electricity. Unlike solar heating panels, PV panels can also cool your home and power your lifestyle. The versatility of PV panels and the warmer climate in Florida make them a better choice for most. However, you may have a specific project better suited for solar heating panels. Or maybe it makes more sense for you to incorporate both photovoltaic and solar heating technology.

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