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I wouldn't say "convenience" as much as "necessity".

In a perfect scenario, you have maximum hours of direct sunlight, at the right angle, and able to not have to use fans, pumps, or any external energy to harvest BTUs from your system.

Reality often dictates that you cannot, however. You may need to have a "remote" collector to get the BTUs you need. Or other constraints, such as heating a basement.

There are SO many variables...For example, i can use my solar air collectors as passive, but have to use the solar water system as active, and in so doing, i combined the two, and they are both active systems.

Your area, design constraints, and available resources, all have to be taken into consideration in your system. 

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