Solar Heating and Cooling

Jim Harmon designed his San Diego-area home to fully function via solar heating and cooling.



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Diagram illustrates how Jim Harmon designed his home to achieve solar heating and cooling through air convection.
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The exterior of the Harmon home. Roof overhangs, an arbor, and exterior venetian blinds cool the home.
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The living room area.
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The outdoor solar hot tub.
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PHOTO 3: The solar water heater. PHOTO 4: Harmon raised and sold native desert cacti as a cash crop. PHOTO 5: The kitchen area, with south-facing window.
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Wood paneling graces the interior.
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The "tower of power," which facilitates air convection. Note the hub and spoke structural design.
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