Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #340 – Heating – Solar Air Heating

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 340, Solar Air Heating. These devices are installed on the outside of homes, typically the south wall or roof. They have two access points into the home; one to receive the home’s cooled air and the second to send back into the home the air heated by the sun. We … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 8

Energy Audit Report Page 2 Wind Power

Editor's Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Yesterday, we left off reviewing some of the items within the … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 24 – Sun’s Position Impacting Shade

Shade on Solar Air Collector After Spruce Tree Removed

Yesterday in Part 23 we saw how the 25 foot high evergreen tree was removed from our backyard as it was causing unplanned and excessive shade in the morning on our Solar Max 240 solar air heating unit. The question is: did the removal of the tree in our backyard have the desired effect? In other words, was the solar air heater receiving sufficient sun earlier in the morning to save us money on our home heating utility bills in the winter and reduce the natural gas our furnace consumed? Yes … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 21 – Temperature Rise Discussion

Ceiling Vent In Early Morning

In Part 20, we addressed (hopefully satisfactorily) a question from a visitor to DailyHomeRenoTips.com who wanted to know about the temperature of the air intake component when the solar air collector was not on. Today, we address what to me is the most significant question about the performance of any solar air heating unit in our quest for energy conservation within our home by way of this type of supplemental home heating device; namely, what is the temperature rise? First, what is … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 20 – In-Take Component Temperature When Unit Not On

Solar Air Collector In-Take Unit Temperature Reading

In Part 19, we completed the insulation of our Solar Max 240 solar air heater in an energy conservation attempt in our home to reduce our home heating costs as well as reduce our home's consumption of non-renewable resources (natural gas in our case but also works to reduce home heating oil, etc.). Now, in Part 7, a reader with the handle bakeapples asked the following in his comment: Do you have a IR [infra-red] thermometer? I am curious about how cold the intake/exhaust vents will get … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 19 – Installation Completed

Solar Max 240 Flexible Duct Line

In Part 18 we continued our efforts to reduce our energy consumption by way of installing a solar air collector to provide supplemental heat to our basement. Today we simply complete the installation of the ceiling duct work that will take the heated air from the solar air heating unit to either the basement bedroom or basement recreation room or both, depending on our need. So, last time we had just completed the installation of the Y-duct into the duct vent and vent cover within the … [Read more...]

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

Flexible Insulated Duct Attached to Metal Duct Vent

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 … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 17 – Interior Installation Continues

Ceiling Duct Vent And Cover

In Part 16, we had finished with the exterior installation of our new solar air collector. With this accomplished, we could now work on finishing the installation on the inside of the house for the Cansolair Solar Max 240. This began with the connection of the temperature line which originated from inside the unit that was passed through the blower assembly unit through our use of the speaker wire and out on the inside of the blower assembly unit. So,  the temperature wire was … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 15 – Outside Installation

Solar Air Heater Exterior Wall Opening

In Part 14, we focused on our approach to bringing the Solar Max 240's internal temperature gauge wire form inside the unit, through the open for the blower assembly, through the blower assembly component itself and attaching it to the component's wiring area on the inside of the house. Now, after creating the opening for the blower assembly in the lower area of the back part of the unit, per the product installation guide, we did not then create the opening in the upper area of the back part … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 14 – Using Speaker Wire, Temporarily

Solar Max 240 Internal Temperature Wire

In Part 13 we discussed the larger brackets we purchased to hold the Solar Max 240 solar air heater to the outside wall and the preparation of the blower assembly and duct on the outside wall. Today we continue focusing on the approach we used to install the unit on the south wall of our home. First, let's talk about that wire coming out of the lower area of the back part of the unit. This wire is for the temperature reading inside the unit and will need to be connected to the blower … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 10 – Installation Continues

Outflow Opening Creation 1

In Part 9, after checking, rechecking and rechecking again the various measurements, we drilled the guide holes for the intake and outflow openings in the wall. Now the creation of the holes in the wall can start. In the picture below we see Bennett  first creating the hole were the heated air would return from the solar air heating unit back into the house. In the picture below he can be seen using a chisel and hammer to pick away at the opening once the circular drill bit had … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 9 – Installation Begins

Cleared South Wall

In Part 8 we discussed the installation plan. Today we start the actual installation. Remember, our plan was to install the unit on the south facing wall of our walkout basement. Your plan might be different depending on your selected location, etc. Again, as before, to ensure you do not void manufacturer's warranty you must install the unit according to the manufacturer's installation guide. The first step was to clear the brush from the garden next to the south facing wall where we … [Read more...]

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