Solar water heating (SWH) systems utilize the sun to preheat water and reduce the need for fossil fuels or electricity to maintain comfortable water temperatures. Solar water heating systems can be integrated with electric water heaters, oil boilers, and other types of conventional water heaters.
Solar water heating systems are most cost effective for homes and businesses with consistent and moderate to heavy hot water demand. They are also a great solution for Maine off-grid solar homes with consistent hot water loads.
Take a look at some sample solar water heating projects in central and southern Maine.
Solar radiant heating systems are similar to solar water heating (SWH) systems with the additional value of supplementing the space heating needs of your home or business. These solar radiant heating systems are particularly effective in energy efficient buildings that use radiant distribution, such as tubing embedded in concrete or panel radiators.
These solar radiant heating systems are also commonly referred to as solar combisystems and can be an effective way to reduce propane use while maintaining the creature comforts of radiant heating. Contact Insource Renewables to explore solar radiant heating systems for your Maine home or business.
Solar pool heating (SPH) is the most popular solar heating technology in the United States, and particularly here in Maine. These systems are extremely simple and highly efficient for your Maine pool. By boosting water temperatures, solar pool heating systems increase comfort and extend the swimming season here in central Maine.
When used in conjunction with a pool cover, solar pool heating systems can maintain consistent water temperatures in the mid-80s for outdoor pools. Solar pool heating systems can also be used for indoor pools, where they can significantly reduce or eliminate heating costs in the spring, summer, and fall in Maine.