Two of FSEC’s most popular training manuals have been combined
and revised into a new edition called “Solar Water and Pool
Heating Manual: Design and Installation & Repair and Maintenance.” In
addition to being rewritten to include new material and an easier
format for instruction, the new book has been updated and posted on
the web for use by contractors, builders, home owners and others interested
in learning more about solar water heaters.
The manual, originally written in 1982 and first updated
10 years later, is designed to give the knowledge and skills
needed to design, install, operate and maintain the most
common types of solar water heating systems. It includes the material from the
original design and installation manual and the repair and maintenance
manuals. It is used in training programs at FSEC and around
the country, and has been a recommended reference manual for the Florida
Construction Industry Licensing Board’s exam.
This latest edition was revised by FSEC’s John Harrison, Charlie
Cromer and Bill Guiney. The book features an overview of solar
thermal applications, provides basic information on the principles
of solar energy, reviews solar thermal technologies, and
provides detailed instruction on the safe, efficient installation
of solar water heating and pool heating systems. The manual is divided
into six sections, with each separated into individual modules:
1: Solar Concepts provides an introduction, table of contents, and
a basic understanding of solar thermal concepts.
2: Solar Water Heating Systems focuses on what are commonly called
solar domestic hot water systems, which heat water.
3: System Installation covers the steps involved in installing a solar
water heating system.
4: Troubleshooting presents structured methods to follow in diagnosing
and correcting solar water heating system problems.
5: Solar Swimming Pool Heating Systems is devoted to solar systems
that provide heat for swimming pools.
An Appendix includes several sections with detailed reference
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