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Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...solar air heaters work: Solar air heater diagram © Ecohome The above diagram indicates the basic concept of a solar air heater, and while there are many designs, the basic principle is the same - a small fan feeds interior air into a south-facing wall-mounted panel. Air is heated as it passes behind a black sur...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...about $8,000 to $9,000 installed. That would be for retrofitting an existing home but it would probably be less expensive with a new build due to the unfinished interiors. Read more about the pros and cons of Solar Thermal Water Heaters , Solar Air Heaters , and EcoHome's new concept home with a solar air heated radi...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...Solar Water Heaters, read about EcoHome's new concept home with a solar air heated radiant floor that delivers solar heated water in the summer months. This and all you need to know about high performance home building can be found in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages.

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...all the Canadian provinces and a solar panel price would be fairly constant nationally, it also makes less financial sense for someone in Quebec to install a solar panel than someone in Ontario for example. All this is to illustrate that there is not one right answer to the question of 'to be or not to be' someone with...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...ally only practical on a direct domestic or small-to-medium sized building, Solar thermal collection is quite simple; it can be passive solar home design , or solar air heaters or solar thermal water heaters. Heat can easily be stored in thermal mass (also known as a thermal battery ), which is nothing high tech – co...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...about our Wakefield house solar air heated slab floor here . What’s cheaper to build – a slab on grade or a crawlspace? A slab is cheaper . A crawl space is like building a mini (and dysfunctional) basement, so you get most of the cost, all the durability issues and potential hassles of a basement, PLUS a sore back...

Air-heated radiant concrete floor
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floors

...allation simple and quick. Systems can be used in conjunction with thermal-solar air heaters, which are less risky (and less expensive) than thermal-solar hydronic heaters. Insulating air tubes near the heater box output to better distribute heat © Ecohome Can radiant floor heating...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...ally overbuild these systems, and our house does require a much smaller heating load than the standard home. After a full winter of use, I can report that the wall heater was an amazing success in terms of reliability and reducing the use of electricity with our heating. The heater was able to carry essentially all o...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...about three times more efficiently than other heat sources. And pairing an air source heat pump with a heat pump water heater can further save energy and money. Air source heat pumps are the most cost-effective type of heat pump for smaller homes (compared to ground source), and they have the additional benefit of do...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...air leaks, frost, snow buildup against walls and interior condensation due to thermal bridging. A durable wall is energy-efficient and airtight, with an airspace between wall structures and exterior cladding to allow walls to dry and allow us to Install windows and doors correctly . The reason we make that connection...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...alled by a professional. Install a dedicated cold air intake for your stove, otherwise your stove will feed on warm inside air which will be replaced by cold outside air as you depressurize your house. Install a stove pipe thermometer and burn your stove at the right temperature, between 270 and 500 degrees Celsius...