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How to Install a Solar Air Heater / Collector

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I am not as handy or have as much time on my hands as some.

Therefore I purchased a manufactured solar air heater / collector.

It is a good unit and is providing up to 80 degrees F temperature rise at its peak.

What I did do was to take meticulous notes and pictures of the installation process of the unit against the south wall of our walkout basement.

If you would like to review how we installed it, as well as of the unit itself, you can access our blog entries with lots of pictures here:

Solar Air Heating Installation Series

I will also say that, however, that before investing in any energy conservation product one should undertake the no cost and low cost energy conservation tasks first. This approach will also provide the funds over the short & medium term to pay for the higher cost energy conservation investments.

I hope this helps,
Dan
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Hi Dan, Do you have to buy the unit or did the company supply it to you at little or no charge for trial and review?

I agree that the first step should always be conservation. That is the easiest, cheapest and most effective step any of us can take. 
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Dan, Obviously you are getting great results. Solar air collectors make a lot of sense. It does appear to me that since BTU's is a relation to volume VS Temp rise, that the Cansolair could use a bigger fan. There is a benefit to moving more air.

"Picking the low hanging fruit" as far as Insulation and lifestyle is, we all agree, the first step. The a Solar heater, whether you build it or buy it, is a great step.

With these fall temps Low 60's/high 30's, I am heating my whole three bedroom house with One log per day, and my solar heater
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Hi Russ,

These unit are not cheap. I had to purchase it. However, it had the second highest effeciency factor per Natural Resources Canada web site amongst solar air collectors + made partially out of recycled soda cans.

Dan
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