A DIY Solar Space Heating System in Virginia

This is a very nicely planned and executed solar heating project in Virginia. Lots of detail on all phases of the project with sections on planning, installation, costs, and performance.

The system is modeled after our $2K system, but with many adaptations and innovations to suit Kevin's home and climate.

A 25 page pdf explains the whole project.

Thanks very much to Kevin for documenting the project and sending it in!

A Couple Highlights...

Collector Placement

outside view of solar thermal heating installation

The collectors are positioned for good sun access, and are nearly vertical for good winter sun collection.

Solar Storage Tank

solar thermal heat storage tank

The storage tank for the system fits nicely into a corner of the garage.

Radiant Floor Heat Distribution

solar thermal heating distribution system

The heat distribution manifolds nicely integrated into a closet.

Download the 25 page pdf for the full details ...



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October 5, 2013