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Solar Heat Air
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Does anyone has and quantifiable data for a solar heat air system?  It seems the state of Minnesota has been investing into this technology but I have not yet found any good data I could use…Continue

Tags: heat, solar, heating, Passive

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bradley Wiesneth Jul 17.

Concrete floor insulation details
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Greetings everyone!    I was hoping I could get some feedback with a building I am working on. The existing concrete was a 3 inch "homeowner special", so the plan is to set 2 inches of rigid foam,…Continue

Tags: radiant, heat, installation, board, foam

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hal Skinner Jun 24.

Air Source Heat pump or mini-split efficiency
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Greetings everyone!    I have a technical questions I hope I could get some feedback! I understood that air source heat pumps are very efficient because of their ductless configuration. I have been…Continue

Tags: efficiency, duct, ductless, minisplits, pump

Started this discussion. Last reply by George J. Nesbitt Apr 30.

Open cell foam and cellulose... Can they work together?
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Greetings everyone!   I have a client who would like to have two inches of open cell foam in the attic flat, and then 10 inches of cellulose. Someone mentioned to you that there were issues in doing…Continue

Tags: foam, cell, open

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Beyer Mar 29.

 

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Bradley Wiesneth replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Solar Heat Air
"Luis,    I agree with Jed.  Get a hold of RREAL in Minnesota.  We installed a solar furnace/collector on a client's home in Illinois with their help.  They were able to give us a BTU rating for the size collector that…"
Jul 17
Tom Mallard replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Solar Heat Air
"Under the average floor for a home with a crawl space is air you don't want inside the home as well as most attic air.This method puts in pipes for thermal-mass and provides good aeration in the joist space then seals it from the crawl space…"
Jul 12
Dennis Heidner replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Solar Heat Air
"The key is the attention to the details,  you really have to seal any "roof" ducting.  It can't be leaky where it would allow air elsewhere from the attic or under the eaves to be pulled in -- unless it is filtered before…"
Jul 12
Tom Mallard replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Solar Heat Air
"I was being specific, using the roof is for where nothin"
Jul 12
Dennis Heidner replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Solar Heat Air
"There are a several of issues with using the roof as solar collector.  If carefully engineered it could work,  done wrong and your house and pocket book will forever suffer. First,  is heat, roofs and attics do indeed get very hot.…"
Jul 11
Tom Mallard replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Solar Heat Air
"Consider using sections of roof for the main thermal collection where it's not practical to add a greenhouse or other collection system, use a data logger in the attic close to the peak between rafters to know daily temperature curves to know…"
Jul 10
Mick Dunn replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Solar Heat Air
"Luis: My company specializes in large scale solar air heating systems, and solar air heating in general. We don't do much with small modular glazed collectors (although we've installed about 40 of them), but we did just install a…"
Jul 8
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Dennis Heidner replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Solar Heat Air
"For raw data about solar insolation: https://www.eol.ucar.edu/projects/hydrometnet/minnesota/minnesota.html See the various NOAA and weather station summaries.  The major MN universities are also likely to have data for solar heating…"
Jul 3
Dennis Heidner replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Solar Heat Air
"There is a great deal of data, engineering, white papers, and published work on solar air heating.  It can work, but you need a structure designed to use it.  That means a structure that is air tight and well insulated so that the losses…"
Jul 3
Tom Delconte replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Solar Heat Air
"L: DOE: Solar Heat non-DOE: BUILD SOLAR in either case, there is virtually no quantifiable or verifiable data on solar, just some people who say they can make it work without backup heating! T "
Jun 26
Jed Norgaarden replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Solar Heat Air
"Luis - have you tried nonprofit RREAL (Rural Renewable Energy Alliance) at www.rreal.org ?"
Jun 26
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Solar Heat Air

Does anyone has and quantifiable data for a solar heat air system?  It seems the state of Minnesota has been investing into this technology but I have not yet found any good data I could use regarding possibly BTU's gain that could be expected...   Talk about passive energy! thanks,     LuisSee More
Jun 24
Hal Skinner replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Concrete floor insulation details
"Not sure if this would have any bearing on your project at all. Thought I would mention it though. When we apply our coating on new concrete walls or new stucco, we always have to test the Ph level first. It must be no higher than 4, we prefer 3 or…"
Jun 24
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Concrete floor insulation details
"What is the issues with the "homeowner special" concrete - wavy, falling apart, or... That can easily change some answers depending on the severity  #1 - generally not needed, though sometimes you might need a floor leveler, maybe…"
Jun 22
Luis Hernandez posted a discussion

Concrete floor insulation details

Greetings everyone!    I was hoping I could get some feedback with a building I am working on. The existing concrete was a 3 inch "homeowner special", so the plan is to set 2 inches of rigid foam, tubing for radiant heat, and four inches of new pour concrete.1.) Do I need anything between the insulation and the existing concrete?2.) The radiant pipes have ties to attach to the iron rods for the concrete, so I can only imagine that the metal goes first, then the radiant...3.) How do I protect…See More
Jun 20

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