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Document Type

Research

Abstract

A small (16' X 18') solar-heated building has been built in Ames and data have been collected to evaluate it in several ways. The first objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of solar heating in maintaining specified building temperatures. The second objective was to compare the cost of adding solar heating to the building with the cost of heating it electrically over many years to a break-even point. The plan of the evaluation used the building as its own control in a time series design. For one week, the building was operated with electrical nighttime heating. For the next alternate week, the building was operated with nighttime heat energy stored from daytime collection of solar energy. Preliminary indications are that solar heating of existing homes and of new houses in Iowa may be a practical way of helping to solve current energy demands.

Publication Date

June 1976

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

83

Issue

2

First Page

77

Last Page

80

Copyright

© Copyright 1976 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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