The idea of harnessing the sun’s energy for humans is nothing new. In fact, people have been using solar power in its most rudimentary form since the 7th century BC when it was first documented that people used a magnifying glass to start fires for cooking and for heat. This procedure was amplified by the Greeks and the Romans in the 3rd century AD when they used mirrors to bounce sunlight to start fires for religious ceremonies. One legend says that the famous Greek scientist Archimedes set an enemy’s ships on fire by using this same bouncing of sunlight method. Sunrooms (rooms designed specifically to capture the sun’s warmth) have been in existence since the Romans and were used by the Native Americans as well.
However, solar power remained used in its most rudimentary form until the invention of solar panels in 1839 when French physicist Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect, which explained how electricity could be made from sunlight. While this was a necessary achievement to use solar power, photovoltaic power remained extremely inefficient until the invention of the solar cell in 1941. This is when research into solar power finally ramped up.
Solar power has come a long way since the invention of solar panels and solar cells. Solar energy is being used by people all over the world to help with their energy needs. It’s a viable alternative to other sources of power.
Mirasol Fafco Solar in Sarasota offers solar power solutions for a variety of uses, including to heat your pool, your home, and your water heater. We’ve been serving Sarasota and the surrounding counties for 43 years. Below, we’ll go over some of the many uses of solar power today. Contact us today for a free solar power evaluation!
USES OF SOLAR POWER
To Heat Your Pool
Swimming is one of the best exercises for your body. It’s a great cardiovascular exercise that works all of your muscles, gets your heart rate up, and burns a lot of calories. It’s a great summer pastime that is much needed in the hot, humid days here in Sarasota. Plus, kids can play for hours in the pool and never tire.
However, a cold pool is not exactly what people would call fun, and in the spring and fall, the mornings can get quite chilly, as well as the evenings. However, having a heated pool that is powered by a solar water heating system installed by Mirasol FaFCO Solar can make those chilly mornings unnoticeable. A solar pool heating system works by using solar panels mounted on your roof that collects the sun’s rays. These rays are converted to energy by the solar cells in the solar panels, which is then transmitted to the water by tubes that pass through the solar panels. The water picks up the heat as it passes through the solar panels and then cools the solar panels at the same time so it can then reheat again.
Using solar energy to heat your pool will save on utility costs, extend the pool season — and all with little-to-no maintenance. Call today to get started!
To Heat Your Home
Solar energy can be used to heat your home. Typically, solar heating systems power radiant flooring or work with a Forced Hot Air (FHA) system within your home or office. Passive solar home systems can also be used in the winter with help from energy-efficient windows and building materials. This type of heating takes the sun’s rays and puts them in a storage element, which then radiates the heat into your home. The air temperature rises through convection energy that sends heated air throughout your home. Active solar home heating systems use liquids to heat the sun. These are connected to pumps that circulate the heated liquid through the pipes in your home.
To Power Your Home
Solar electricity is what most people think of when they think of uses for solar energy. As the cost of a solar system decreases, more people are making the investment in solar electricity for their homes. Similar to heating your pool, solar panels that contain solar cells are installed on your home’s roof to generate DC (Direct Current) electricity. A solar inverter is then used to convert DC electricity to AC (Alternating Current) electricity, which is the type of energy your home can actually use. Most home solar systems have a solar battery to store solar energy power for use at night and on cloudy days.
Solar electricity can vastly reduce or eliminate altogether your home’s use of traditional electric power from your power company. Mirasol FAFCO Solar has installed over 14,000 solar electric systems since 1977, for both commercial and residential customers. Our solar power electric systems are designed to be eco-friendly and save you money. Once installed, solar cells have very little maintenance needs, and they last on average of about 20 years. Call today for a free solar electric consultation!
To Heat Your Water Heater
Your commercial or residential hot water heater uses a lot of energy in your home. If you think about all the uses for hot water, from showers and dishwashers to your washing machine and sinks, hot water heaters can be responsible for a good portion of your electric bill every month. These solar hot water heating systems use a solar panel and cell installed on your rooftop that absorbs the sun’s heat through a collector and then transfers it to your hot water tank. You can choose between an active hot water system or a passive hot water system. Active solar hot water systems circulate water, while passive solar heating systems use natural circulation.
The benefits of solar water heating systems are numerous. They save you money on your water heating bills, they produce clean energy, and they are extremely low maintenance, needing an inspection only once every three to five years. Active solar water heating systems have more maintenance needs than passive. Mirasol FAFCO Solar in Sarasota installs solar water heating systems in Sarasota homes. Contact us today for a free estimate!
To Provide Light
Most of us have seen the outdoor lighting with the small solar cell on their cap that absorbs the sun’s rays and stores the energy in a battery during the day and then produces light at night. Not only are they cute solar-powered lights aesthetically-pleasing, but they eliminate the need for electricity for power. These solar-powered lights eliminate the need for underground circuit wiring or any kind of low-voltage outlets. You can invest in a larger solar panel that will power all of your landscape lighting, as well as invest in seasonal lighting kits for your Christmas lights.
CHOOSE MIRASOL FAFCO SOLAR FOR YOUR SOLAR POWER NEEDS
With over 40 years of experience in being an innovator in solar energy technology, Mirasol FAFCO Solar in Sarasota offers solar electric, solar pool heating, and solar water heating solutions for your home or office. Our mission is to have 100% customer satisfaction, and we work diligently to ensure that happens by exceeding your expectations every time.
Our solar power process is simple. We come to your house to do a free solar power consultation and offer you an estimate. Once you decide to install a solar power system in your home or office, we come out for installation. Our solar system installation technicians work efficiently, and your solar system can be installed in as little as two days. We handle all of the setup and the wiring so that all you have to do is turn on the power.
If you’re ready to invest in solar electricity, solar water heating, or solar pool heating, give Mirasol FAFCO Solar a call today. We serve the Sarasota, Florida, areas, from Pasco and Hillsborough to Highlands and Charlotte Counties. Call now!