Heat your home with the power of the sun and lower your heating bills...
Solar heating significantly decreases the load on your furnace and your fuel bill by blowing sun-warmed air right into your home.
There are so many solar heater designs out there that it's difficult to arrive at a design you can actually imagine yourself building. Though many solar furnace designs work once built, most would be a true PAIN IN THE NECK to build, including those soda can solar heaters we see so many variations on! I tried building one, and was immediately frustrated with the entire process and I'm a metal fabricator! Sure, soda can heaters will be dandy when the whole world is upside down and we have nothing but cans and scraps to build with. But for now, we want to build the BEST solar heater we can out of common sense easy-to-find items that are affordable and will serve our needs for many years -without falling apart! And if you're anything like me, you want to get your solar heater done quickly and start heating!
I knew there HAD to be a BETTER way to build a solar heater without the stinky cans and heavy glass and wood!
Why the flat panel design?...
The flat-plate solar collector is one of many possible types of solar collectors. It is the most efficient type of collector for use with temperatures between the freezing and boiling points of water and up to about 350 degrees F. when used with air as the working medium. Flat plate collectors are normally used with the flat surface facing south and tilted to an angle appropriate to the intended use.
"Insolation is the rate of solar energy arriving on a specific flat
surface perpendicular to the line of the sun. At sea level, the least
possible loss is 29 to 30 percent. The maximum possible insolation is
therefore about 70 to 71 percent of the solar constant., or about 320
BTU per hour per square foot. No solar collector, regardless of shape or
design can deliver more than this maximum possible value, without
energy input from some other source.
A “black body” is any material capable of absorbing radiant energy, and therefore also is capable of re-radiating the energy. A “perfect” black body absorbs and re-radiates 100% of the radiant energy striking it. “good” black bodies are used in solar collectors and they absorb and re-radiate (if not cooled) 90 to 96 percent of radiant energy arriving." solarexpert.com
My goal is to show you how to build a flat panel solar heater that's much easier to fabricate than so many designs you've seen.
Because it's built much in the same way a real industrial furnace plenum is built, it goes together fast and smart.
Easy to locate materials
No collecting cans, searching construction garbage bins for used glass doors, or heavy expensive and messy wood and dust. When you're finished, it'll look just like the one in the photo above. Your solar heater is 5 inches deep by 4 feet wide by 8 feet tall and very light weight!
Awesome Automatic Fan Controllers
The fan is capable of running on 120 Volts or 12 volts for on or off-grid applications. The fan is housed in a wall vent (pictured below) that matches the inlet vent. A thermocouple and computer chip controls the fan and increases its speed as the temperature rises inside the heater, keeping constant positive pressure and increasing your fan's lifespan. If a cloud passes overhead, the fan slows down or stops completely under low sun. Just plug it in and let it heat your home hands-free.
Solar Heater Fan/vent kits are available at the link to the right.
Another money saving use
Did you know that your clothes dryer is one of the worst money-wasting appliances in your home? By connecting your solar heater to the rear intake on your dryer, your dryer can pull in sun-heated air instead of consuming gas or electricity.
This solar heater is designed with rigid yet light weight materials and can take a direct hit from the kid playing baseball across the street to the next hail storm. Because there's no glass, it is very light and 100 times as strong as glass. The structure of this solar heater is similar to that of an industrial oven plenum and therefore is very rigid.
Nobody wants to build a heavy floppy solar furnace that's going to fall apart when they need to move or store it. Because of the light weight rigid materials, you'll be able to bring your solar furnace to the cabin, on an RV trip, or even to the ice fishing house without worry over it falling apart.
High quality wall vent kits
You'll draw in cold clammy floor level air through the heater and circulate it back into the house heated and filtered.
Order your wall vent kit with fan and controller is available at the link to the right and you also get it for $20 off the manufacturer's price.
A Solar Heater designed to go together FAST!
I designed this solar furnace to go together as fast and easy as possible. There's no wood to saw, no glass to hunt for or cut or break! All your materials for the solar heater will fit on a single lumber cart at the local building center.
By following my step by step directions and photos, you can pick up your materials with my materials list on Friday and have this heater assembled by the end of the weekend.
This solar heater design is superior because...
|No dangerous tools - No wood and no saws! A drill is the only power tool needed. We'll use simple hand tools for the rest.|
|Glass free - Instead, we use a stronger-than-glass transparent insulating cover panel that can take a direct hit from hail, baseballs, and rocks without shattering.|
|Looks great - After building your solar heater, your neighbors might assume you bought yours from a dealer, and then probably will beg you to build one for their home! Don't. They'll just ask for more.|
|Years of savings - You can't escape rising fuel prices. You can reduce the fuel you use to heat your home for years to come.|
Order my 47 page easy to follow guide (including lots of pictures!) by clicking the download button to the right.
SOLAR HEATER FANS
AND WALL VENTS (Combo Kits)
We have the best solar heater fans! Includes two beautiful filtered wall vent units! Starts, stops, speeds up and slows down according to sun's intensity! Nice and quiet and it always keeps the correct pressure.
Order now to ensure arrival by the time you get done building your solar heater after reading the guide.
Order yours here and save $20 with our readers price!