The Cost-Effectiveness of a Residential Active Solar Heating System

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There are many incentives offered in every state that make active solar heating an attractive and cost effective heating method.

An active solar heating system could save you a lot of money on energy costs.  If you do some research into your specific situation, you may find that switching to solar heating is the smartest decision for you.

What is an active solar heating system?  It’s simply a heating system which depends upon the sun’s energy as well as mechanical means, such as pumps, motors, or valves.  Every state in the U.S.A. provides different energy incentives; and in your area, it’s possible that you are eligible for incentives on this type of system.  For example, some homeowners qualify for certain income tax credits when they install active solar heating equipment.  A specific example is that in Wisconsin, the purchase of an active solar energy system for the home may be exempt from general property taxes.

When is Active Solar Heating Most Cost Effective?

It’s most cost effective when a homeowner in a cold climate invests in a good solar heating system that displaces the use of a costly heating fuel such as oil, electricity, or propane.  This is particularly true when you factor in such incentives as income tax deductions or credits, sales tax exemptions, and property tax deductions or exemptions.

The cost of an active solar heating system varies, though a reduction in the cost of solar panels means that it’s far less of an expense than it was just a couple of years ago.  The warranty on a solar system is usually a minimum of ten years, though it’s reasonable to expect that a solar heating system will last for decades.

If you’re looking to get the best value for your solar heating dollars, it’s best to install a hot water system as well as a heating system.  The reason for this is that the solar collector will be able to heat water that’s used in the summertime, rather than being idle when indoor heating is unneeded.

Factors Which Determine the Size of the Solar System

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Our solar installation professionals can help you design the best system for your needs.

Experts in solar installation can guide you in understanding all of the considerations which go into choosing the size of your solar heating system.  Some of the factors are the particular heating needs of your home, the layout of the site, and the design of the system.  Homeowner associations (HOAs) need to be figured into the solar installation decisions of most homeowners; what’s important is to determine what the guidelines of your particular HOA are, to avoid complications which could become costly.  Keep in mind that many people have been successful in challenging HOAs which are overly restrictive regarding solar installations.

Did you know that it’s rare for 100% of a home’s heating needs to be provided by solar, the reason being that it’s too costly?  The most economical active solar heating system designs provide between 40% and 80% of a home’s heating requirements.  It’s rarely cost-effective to install a system which provides less than 40% of the needed heat. Our professional solar energy consultants can help run the numbers for you and figure out the most cost effective solution to your solar energy needs. Any NASS member solar store can help find the perfect balance of solar heating so that you can save money with solar.

The insulation of a home contributes to the level of efficiency of your solar system.  And a home which incorporates techniques employing passive solar heating also need less supplemental heat sources in addition to solar.

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