We have turned the office of <a href="http://www.MAPSandART.com" target="_blank">www.MAPSandART.com</a> into a passive solar office. Our building faces mostly South. So we closed all Northern windows with insulation over the windows for the cold months and keep all the blinds on the South windows open to let the sun in and heat the brick floor. Now we no longer need to heat the office it is heated naturally by the sun and stays at around 65 to 75F in January! Voila.Does passive solar work?When I close the blinds at nightWhen we cover the North windows in the cold months
Jan 31, 2012, 05:21 PM
How could anyone pay a university professor's "cursory" on your question? Where do you live? Are you in a Maritime climate? How many hours of sunshine are you exposing the room to? How many square feet in the room? Height of ceilings, concrete or wood walls, R-factors in attic. Is the room on the first floor, with rooms above? Any amount of heat is better than none, except when you are too hot to begin with. Welcome to the MB, but pay attention to the adverts...they are quietly and obtrusively eaten by the sloths.
Sep 26, 2012, 03:23 AM
Daytime temps are getting to 72F but only after morning overcast burns off. I have a 10' X 12' hole covered with plastic for the front door and two other doors with about 3 square feet of hole between them. This is really pretty impressive. Everyone else is still in heating mode. I have a couple other places that are burning oil and running the geo every morning to come up to temp, then they have to run air in the afternoon to keep cool. This one takes no input.
A few weeks back we had overnights of 38F-40F, so we ran a single 9K mini-split head to hold overnight temp, but come morning, it didn't run anymore.This message has been edited. Last edited by: AlexisSalazar,
The Office of Elections also varified that I was registered with the Green Party at the ... I'ma passive solar designer designer/bike lane activist, volunteeringThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Grafton,