Energy Conservation Products and Devices Used In Our Home – Winter – 3

Programmable Thermostat

The past two days has seen us review the inventory of the different energy conservation products and devices we use in our home during the winter to maximize our energy savings. Today, we complete the listing. Which ones do you use in your own home? Which ones do you use in your own home which we do not? 30. Programmable Thermostat 31. Real Time Electricity Consumption Reader (PowerCost Monitor) 32. Solar Air Heater 33. Solar Powered Outdoor Christmas … [Read more...]

Additional Home Heating Bill Savings & Conservation Tips – 1

window with internal solar blind at dusk

Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our free home Energy Saving and Water Saving Guide, 2nd Edition We continue with our review of the many energy conservation tips we have received for households to reduce the consumption of natural gas, home heating oil, electricity and other energy sources consumed in the generation of heat for homes in the winter. Today we begin our review of these suggestions … [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 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 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 16 – Outside Installation Completed

Solar Max 240 Upper Brackets 1

In Part 15, we started to install the Solar Max 240 on the outside wall. Today, we complete that installation. As shown in our last article, we had all of brackets installed on the outside wall and were ready to prove the measurements. Notice the minuscule space between the top of the solar air heating unit and the upper brackets? Sweet. However, we are not nearly done yet. You can see the green tape on the right helping to still hold the plastic sheet covering the unit. So, … [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 13 – Bigger is Better

Solar Max 240 Inside

In Part 12 we completed illustrating how we extended the blower duct to meet the additional thickness our the basement wall in our home. Today we want to discuss the Solar Max 240 brackets. Now, the size of the Solar Max 240 is approximately 4 feet wide by 7 feet high by between 6 and 9 inches deep, as shown below resting on its side inside our basement. The mounting brackets provided by the manufacturer (sorry but I never took a picture of the brackets individually) in our opinion … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 12 – Extending the Blower Duct

Duct Sheet Metal

In Part 11, we illustrated how how the excess length of the 4 screws holding the Cansolair Solar Max 240 blower assembly together was used to extend it's length. However this left us with still an issue. There should be no gap between the end of the square blower duct and the end of the blower assembly containing the fan. However, as the picture below shows, there is a full inch and a half gap because of our extension of the blower assembly. So, what's the fix? Well, we could have … [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...]

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