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Nelson Said:

Solar hot water system hooked in to radiators?

We Answered:

It is really pretty easy to do. You would want to use a system that separates the potable and non-potable waters. You can find more info at my source.

Matthew Said:

solar heater advice needed?

We Answered:

It is all about the insulation!

The calculation is not all that difficult, but you might want to estimate several things (water Temp in, outside temp, diameter of pipe, water flow rate, wind speed, r factor (or thermal conductivity and thickness) of insulation.

Bottom line, with appropriate insulation it is possible. Important to avoid heat losses from valves/junctions where insulation is difficult.

Enlist a college student in mechanical or chemical engineering to help you with the design. A learning experience for both of you.

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