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Posted: 12/15/2013 9:21:08 AM EDT
I have a small house (1200 sqft) and wondering which design gives the best output.

Anyone here built one or have any experience?

Thinking about building one, but cant decide.





Link Posted: 12/15/2013 9:23:48 AM EDT
That's pretty neat, but I don't think WE get enough sunlight for it to work

I hope it's sunnier in IN, it would almost have to be


The cans are empy I take it? Sun heats air.....fan blows heat?
Link Posted: 12/15/2013 9:27:04 AM EDT
I have two just like your second pic. I had them in windows facing directly south. Set the stat for 110 degrees. It would run on even cloudy days.
I could not tell any difference at all. My wife made me take them down, since it looked too trashy.

Solar is just not viable in southern Ohio.
Link Posted: 12/15/2013 9:28:10 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Billy_Dee:
That's pretty neat, but I don't think WE get enough sunlight for it to work

I hope it's sunnier in IN, it would almost have to be


The cans are empy I take it? Sun heats air.....fan blows heat?
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The sun on the back of my house is very intense here. I had to put up heavy curtans due to the heat from the sun in the summer causing my AC to work harder.

Cans are empty and from what I understand you do not need a fan due to convection. Cool air is pulled into the bottom and the heated air moves up and out of the box.



Link Posted: 12/15/2013 9:57:24 AM EDT
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The sun on the back of my house is very intense here. I had to put up heavy curtans due to the heat from the sun in the summer causing my AC to work harder.

Cans are empty and from what I understand you do not need a fan due to convection. Cool air is pulled into the bottom and the heated air moves up and out of the box.



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Originally Posted By WHITE_WOLFE:
Originally Posted By Billy_Dee:
That's pretty neat, but I don't think WE get enough sunlight for it to work

I hope it's sunnier in IN, it would almost have to be


The cans are empy I take it? Sun heats air.....fan blows heat?



The sun on the back of my house is very intense here. I had to put up heavy curtans due to the heat from the sun in the summer causing my AC to work harder.

Cans are empty and from what I understand you do not need a fan due to convection. Cool air is pulled into the bottom and the heated air moves up and out of the box.






Winter sun is not the same as summer sun.
If youre in Indiana, PM me...
Link Posted: 12/15/2013 10:41:12 AM EDT
poor man solar heater   I open my curtains
Link Posted: 12/15/2013 11:56:59 AM EDT
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poor man solar heater   I open my curtains
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We do that too and it helps, but was hoping I could increase it some.

IM sent to chadwimc.

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