Solar Air Heating – Part 18 – Interior Installation Completed, Almost

In Part 17 we reviewed the beginning of the interior ventilation installation for the air heated by our solar air heating unit.

In today’s article we complete the interior installation.

Remember, we are using our solar air heating unit to provide supplemental heat to both the basement bedroom as well as the area in the basement recreation room by the stairs leading up to the main floor.

So, once the ceiling duct vent and cover were connected to the ceiling tile by the door to the stairs, we then started to put into place the insulated flexible duct line and attached it to the metal duct vent opening.

flexible insulated duct attached to metal duct vent opening Solar Air Heating   Part 18   Interior Installation Completed, Almost

Next, we needed to get the insulated flexible duct line from basement recreation room to the bedroom. To do this, the flexible duct line needed to pass over the frame of the bedroom door. However, as the picture below shows there was insufficient room for the 4 inch wide flexible duct line, including its insulation pass above the door frame.

too tight for duct line Solar Air Heating   Part 18   Interior Installation Completed, Almost

Therefore,  we simply cut a piece of the drywall above the drop ceiling as well as in the 2 X 4 attached to the bottom of the ceiling per the picture below sufficient for the flexible duct to pass.

space for flexible insulated duct Solar Air Heating   Part 18   Interior Installation Completed, Almost

Next, in the ceiling tile within the bedroom into which we also wanted the heated air to flow, we then installed the vent cover and vent in a manner similar to that for the ceiling tile by the basement stairs.

drop ceiling air duct and vent Solar Air Heating   Part 18   Interior Installation Completed, Almost

However, how is the heated air going to flow from the solar air heater to the ceiling vent in the bedroom or the one in the recreation room or both when we wanted it to?

y duct and vent duct Solar Air Heating   Part 18   Interior Installation Completed, Almost

Well, did you notice anything different in the above picture? The plan was to insert a Y-type of metal duct into the metal vent opening duct. In this way, when the vent cover was closed in the bedroom, all of the heated air would flow to the other ceiling vent 24 feet away. And vice-versa.

At least that’s the plan. Tomorrow, we see if this actually is what we ended up doing.

To continue to the next article in this series, simply select this link to Part 19.

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  1. Contest-Gal says:

    It was a great idea, thanks for sharing that technique with us,from the start until the end you guide us with the informative idea.

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