Monitoring Solar Thermal Space Heating Collectors with Kestrel Weather Meters
Solar is one of the most popular energy options, being used worldwide for its many benefits as a renewable energy source that can reduce energy bills.
Not only is solar an outstanding option for renewable energy, but it can also assist in the creation of thermal energy. Savvy individuals can use solar panels as a conductor to create their own thermal space heating collectors.
A simple solar thermal collector draws air from the environment and passes it through the collector, where the solar panels capture radiation from the sun and warm the air. Then the warm air is passed through to the working space with a fan.
Solar air collectors make it possible to heat buildings in cold weather. During the summer, they can pull out warm and polluted air from residential homes and office buildings.
Solar Thermal Space Heating in Montana with Kestrel Meters
Kestrel customer, Gary Reysa, of Bozeman, MT, used a thermosyphon solar air heating collector to heat his shop. Montana held the record low temperature for the United States at -70 degrees F in 1954, so finding an efficient way to heat homes and buildings is essential. Requiring relatively large inlet and outlet vents to work efficiently, testing was needed to ensure maximum performance and optimal heating of the building.
His Kestrel Weather Meter was used in combination with a thermistor to enhance the experience of using the solar thermal space heating collector and ensure vents were producing adequate heat.
"I use the Kestrel to measure the heat output and efficiency of solar thermal space heating collectors. I really like Kestrels (I have 3) from the point of view that they are well made, durable, and dependable. I particularly like the factory calibration as I can trust in its accuracy."
-- Gary Reysa
The Kestrel 1000 measuring outlet velocity.
Use Kestrel for Efficient and Energy-Saving Solar Thermal Space Heating
Not only can Kestrel Weather Meters assist with velocity, wind speed, and wind direction readings, but it can also provide temperature readings. This is important because too high of a temperature is bad for efficiency with solar space heating.
On the other hand, if the airflow rate is too low, it will increase the exhaust temperature. Meanwhile, heat builds up inside the collector. This leads to heat being lost outside and decreasing the performance of solar space heating units.
Whether it's winter or summer, Kestrel Weather Meters can ensure that you have the most efficient solar space heating possible. Consider using the Kestrel 1000 Wind Meter if you need accurate wind speed measurement or the Kestrel 2000 Wind Meter for more comprehensive monitoring with temperature and wind chill readings. Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters are designed & manufactured in the U.S.A and are backed by our 5-year warranty. Innovatively designed for stability and accuracy in abrupt condition changes. Rugged and durable, Kestrels are drop tested and waterproof.