Solar Heating Plan for Any Home

This solar heating plan is a system that works with almost any home. The solar collectors are built into a small, new building, and the hot water storage tank fits into the new building, too. The simple design prevents frozen collectors without complicated plumbing.



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

















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