Solar Heating Plan for Any Home

Slash your home heating bills with this exciting solar project. If you can build a deck, you can build this super system!



Solar 1
Solar heating system diagram
LEN CHURCHILL
Solar 3
Gary Reysa’s home in the foothills of southwest Montana. Heat collected in the shed (right) is transferred to the house (left) via underground water pipes. The collectors on the garage (middle) heat the garage with solar-heated air.
GARY REYSA
Solar shed 3
Light reflected up off snow will increase the effectiveness of the collectors. To avoid snow accumulation on the collectors, make them vertical (instead of tilted) and add an overhang to the shed.
GARY REYSA
Solar shed 4
Heat from the solar collectors is distributed through a radiant floor heating system using PEX tubing running through aluminium heat spreader plates. A hot water baseboard heating system is another option.
GARY REYSA
Solar 2
The water storage tank is built from plywood and pond liner material.
GARY REYSA
Solar 3A
Collector cross-section
LEN CHURCHILL
construction
Glazing is in place over the four middle collector bays. The absorber plates are still exposed in the two outside collector bays.
GARY REYSA
Spacers
Plywood spacers ensure that PEX pipes are evenly distributed in the radiant-heat floor.
GARY REYSA











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