For most people, getting heat is just a matter of hitting a button or turning a dial, which is pretty nice but often inconvenient. Solar power, which is not difficult to install, is an inexpensive method of heating schools and businesses, and even homes. There are many ways to trap sunshine, even during the winter months. The thing you need is something like a sunroom which attracts the rays of the sun and catches the heat.


A sunroom is commonly connected to the house and is made out of lots of floor to ceiling glass panels. It is best if the sun room faces the sun in the morning, as it’s then positioned to collect the most amount of sun possible. The sun shines in through the glass and heats up the inside of the area. The heat does not escape through the glass, and remains within the room. This is an incredibly efficient, natural form of heat , if the room’s construction is carefully performed.

Thermal Mass

There are other kinds of solar heating systems, one of which is thermal mass, which draws in heat and then retains it. This method amasses heat while the sun is intense, which is then available for distribution after the sun sets. Then there is the trombe wall, a natural solar heating and also ventilation system which functions by the use of air channels which retain the heat. There are a glass thing and a thermal mass facing the sun between which the heat is caught. The heat is stored in a wall and afterwards radiated by it, circulating through appropriately placed vents. A different one that also makes use of a wall facing the sun is a transpired collector, which warms up the air with the assimilated sunshine, as it goes into the ventilation system.


A building may be ventilated by using a solar cooling system. It uses a steam engine that runs on solar-powered energy, with a cooling device attached to it, which assimilates the heat and turns the steam into ice. One more solar powered ventilation system is the solar chimney, which is made from a hollowed-out thermal mass. Air within the chimney is warmed up and as it goes up it is dispersed to where it is needed. As you can see there are many ways that businesses and homes can be warmed up. These are but a few of the various methods by which sunshine, in conjunction with natural materials, can be used to provide heat. None of them were using non-renewable resources to generate artificial heating.

These examples might be of use if you are thinking about warming up your home using only renewable resources. The sole source of power they use is the sun. You’ll get the best use from these systems if your home is located in a consistently sunny place. All of us have to have a source of heat to keep our residences warm.