Solar, so good
An increasingly common – and smart – approach is to install roof-mounted PV panels to generate electricity and offset the energy used for heating and cooling. However, a lesser-known but highly innovative concept makes it possible to channel the sun’s heat and energy more directly to cool and warm any dwelling.
The product is called Ecoheat and, like most great inventions, the premise is surprisingly simple. As the sun warms Ecoheat’s panels, a fan is activated and distributes warm, fresh air throughout the home.
To ventilate and cool the home in summer, the system pumps a large volume (240 cubic m/hr) of cool night-time air inside. This flushes the hot air out and effectively brings the interior down to a more comfortable temperature, so it starts from a lower base the following day.
Another benefit of this cost-friendly solution, according to early-adopter customers, is that Ecoheat really comes into its own during spring and autumn, by intuitively maintaining optimum temperatures in these harder-to-gauge months.
‘Customers understand that it pays to heat your home consistently,’ Ron Knight, founder of Ecoheat explains. ‘By simply harnessing the heating effects of the sun, the system pumps fresh air at the right temperature into the building in winter, regardless of whether the customer is at home or not.’
The product also delivers an excellent return on investment, with nearly zero running costs following installation. ‘We’ve noticed this cost comparison is very appealing to cost-conscious family customers looking save on their heating and cooling costs over the longer term,’ Ron adds.
Ecoheat is set to disrupt substantial pockets of the customer market who want a simple solar solution with a ‘set and forget’ approach that comes with no need for maintenance, and negligible running costs.