by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)
In today’s world where everyone seems to find alternative sources for energy, people are now realizing the importance and the benefits of natural sources such as the solar energy. With the help of the solar energy, you can now actually give your home the comfortable warmth and cold temperature. Unlike other sources of energy, solar techniques can actually help you save the environment and savemoney at the same time.
Some of the passive solar techniques that could help you heat up your home includes big insulated windows that are facing the southern part of your home, heat-absorbing walls, floors made from concrete slab, locating the areas in your house where there is thermal mass, and many others.
More often than not, heating your using passive solar designs can reduce as much as fifty percent of your heating expenses. This is two to three times lower than the electricity consumed if you use a heating system that does not incorporate the passive solar techniques.
Aside from that, the passive solar designs also allow you to cut your expenses for cooling your home at the same time. There are different ways on how you could incorporate the techniques of passive solar cooling such as overhangs with cautious solar cooling designs, windows that have reflective coatings, putting reflective coatings on your roof as well as exterior walls.
One of the easiest ways to take advantage of the solar energy is by keeping all the window glasses clean especially if it is faced to the south. This would let the natural light and heat pass through easily when you need it. And of course, these clean windows would be useless if you would block it with huge furniture.
The sunlight must be shining directly on the walls so that the heat would be easily absorbed. Concrete slabs may also help in heating up your home using the direct sunlight as well.
When it comes to designing a house that integrates the passive solar techniques, careful planning as well as thorough site orientation are very important. These factors of course depend on your location’s climate.
Therefore, if you are thinking about making your house environment-friendly and cost-effective at the same time, then it would be great if you would consider having passive solar design for a change. You just have to see to it that you hire the service of an architect who already knows a lot about designing a home using passive solar techniques.