Solar Air Heaters are Easy Green Alternatives
For the technically handicapped constructing and installing a Solar Air Heater might be the first step to take in going Green.
All materials for making a solar air heater can be purchased at your local Lowes or Home Depot or you might even have most of the material left over from another project.
This is a plan for constructing one using metal or fiberglass window screen wire that you can buy in a roll. Using a hand stapler, power drill and a jig saw to cut a few 1×2’s allows you to make the inside part of the collector in about ten minutes.
It will take a little longer and more materials to build the box, insulate it and install your collector cover. There is very little electrical connecting to do. Some plans I have seen have a small fan with a thermo switch that turns the fan on and off at preset temperatures thereby eliminating cooling off the air in your home after the sun goes down.
Most of these simply plug into a wall plug in your home. If you don’t have a basement you might need to devise something like a wall cabinet to hide the connections to the outside, or another Plan I saw simply raises the bottom part of a window and builds a plate to hold the pipes that are used for air vents.
Since there are only two four inch holes they can be drilled side by side or if you are drilling through the wall and want to really save space place them one above the other. Then run an extension down to the floor to draw in cooler air. This would leave you room to have your warm air return with the fan installed in the highest position.
I have seen a plan that actually installed the fan and the air supply inside the wall with a small cabinet with a door and the holes covered with a decorative metal mesh.
This collector is constructed using window screen wire with a collector box painted black with heat resistant paint like that used to paint your BBQ.
So if you are interested in doing your first solar project using sun power to replace some of your carbon footprint, constructing this small solar power plant is a good first step. You are using solar technology at its simplest. There is speculation that solar flare or solar flares in the next few years may increase the productivity of solar collectors.
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