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!

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Solar heating system diagram
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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.
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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.
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.
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The water storage tank is built from plywood and pond liner material.
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Collector cross-section
Glazing is in place over the four middle collector bays. The absorber plates are still exposed in the two outside collector bays.
Plywood spacers ensure that PEX pipes are evenly distributed in the radiant-heat floor.

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