Passive Solar Options

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Fact Sheet

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A passive solar home has four features that distinguish it from a conventionally heated home.

  • a method to collect solar energy
  • a way of storing that energy
  • a system to distribute energy in the form of heat to the living spaces
  • a means for controlling the heat that reaches the living spaces

A passive solar home must be carefully planned and designed to balance the collection area with the storage mass. Otherwise, the house may overheat, underheat, or have undesirable temperature swings. Without proper planning, your passive solar home could end up using more energy than it collects.

Download this fact sheet to find answers to the following questions:

  • Is the building site good for a solar home?
  • Is the building plan designed for passive solar?
  • Is expert help available?
  • What are the expectations from the solar system?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of direct, indirect, and isolated gain systems?

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