Solar Air Heater:
Did you know you can heat your home using the sun’s energy? There are many designs and systems available that heat the air using solar energy.
Heating your home generally involves using fossil fuels which in turn generate pollution, smog and greenhouse gases. Here we’ll show you some simple ideas for heating your home, or at least partially heating your home using solar panels.
Benefits of solar air heating
No repair bills – One of the great things about these heaters are that they last a long time with no moving parts to service except maybe a simple fan to draw the hot air into your home. So unlike gas heaters that require servicing every few years, you won’t need to do anything much once installed.Reduce your heating bills – Once installed you basically set and forget and watch your heating bills reduce, while your neighbours are complaining about their utility bills constantly going up you can breathe easy and know you are helping the environment.
Basically you have two options:
1. Buy an already manufactured solar air heater. If you are time poor and have the cash then choose one of these solar home heaters that are readily available.
2. DIY – if you have the time, are reasonably handy and want a cheaper option then building a home solar air heater is not difficult.
Ready Made Solar Air Heating
Here are some of the products we have found that are available straight off the shelf which you can either install yourself or have installed for you. Installation can be relatively easy depending on factors such as: do you have a double storey home, how far does the ducting have to be run.
SolarSheat The SolarSheat 1000G is a modular solar air heater designed for supplemental room heating. The SolarSheat 1000G can heat a room from 71 to 300 ft2 (or 7 to 28 m2) when the sun is shining. Air is drawn through the SolarSheat, heated up, and pushed back into the room.
SunMate™ Solar Panel The SunMate™ Solar Panel from Environmental Solar Systems is the ideal choice for homeowners that want environmentally friendly and low-cost alternative heat. EASY INSTALLATION! Our solar panels allow you to enjoy FREE HEAT from the sun without any adverse effects on the natural world!
Cansolair Cansolair Inc. has developed a forced convection solar heating unit called the Model RA 240 SOLAR MAX. A dwelling of 1000 square feet can have a complete air change in 1.5 hours. Working experience indicates that comfortable room temperature can be maintained in a 1000 square foot dwelling with 15 minutes of sunlight per hour.
U.S. Solar Heating U.S. Solar Heating is a manufacturer of Solar Air Heat Systems for residential and commercial customers. Our solar air heating system creates a warm, soothing feeling by using air as the working fluid for absorbing and transferring solar energy. Solar Air Heat is designed for installation in new construction and existing houses.
DIY Solar Air Heaters
Do it yourself solar home heating comes in two forms, either using pop cans or just a glass or Perspex solar box as shown in the video below. I’m really not sure which is more efficient but either will give you free heat from the sun and if you take your time and use good materials will last a long time and cost almost nothing to run. Below are two video’s one using a straight glass box and the other using pop cans, the pop can method takes more time because you need to collect the cans and spend time cutting the cans to suit their use to heat air. My only concern with using glass as the panel is that with the increase in storm intensity, hail could smash the glass but if you’re getting it for free as in the video that may not be a concern.
Great video showing how to build your own solar air heater.
Video showing how to build your own Solar Pop Can heater
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