The Terrell House, is a house on the college campus that was built in the 70's. Terrell was a poet and English Lit professor. His friend professor Hill, was an engineering professor. Hill purchased the land, Terrell built the house, and Hill did the heating systems - all alternative (for the time.) Then gave it to the college. It was fascinating!
Radiant floor was new then, this house has it, solar powered. It was built on a big bed of rock, with a vent near the roof with a fan. During the summer, the rocks heat up and darning the winter you turn on the fan and the warm air at the top of the house is forced down the vent into the rocks underneath, then up through floor vents. The fan wasn't on, but you could feel some heat coming out of the vents, not much, but it was there...it would have been wonderful if the fan was on. It also had a wood stove, a small one, that could be used if the rocks weren't enough. The stove has a straight chimney, they did have problems with it because it drafted so well, so you really needed to work the damper. Prof. Hill was there (he's now 94) and I could have listened to his stories all night...he still does a talk show on Saturday mornings "Hot and Cold" he answers questions about heating and cooling your house.
Down home Johnny and his wife Earlene had a solar heated house. Only one a that early time. Made the local paper. There heat unit set out beside the house and they had to open the front and let it down so sun could shine in on it and fan and rocks to hold the heat. They had a wood stove asa back up. We had 21 straight days then with out a speck of sun. Inversion and in a valley. asked Johnny what they did and fired up the wood and made it okay. Late on they both retired and move to a smaller town. I was never in it.
I did go visit a solar heated house that had the salt? stuff for the heat. Had thick walls but not as thick as my old brick house did. It was interesting. At that time I was really intersted solar. They have solar so much better now.
Way this lot is for direction my big front window is to the east. Two good sizes windows on north and only one on the south. and best situation I would say.
I heard of one tight built house that they heated with light bulbs and do remember where that was. They have tried lots of things. I think Johnny's only had rock under the solar unit. City hall when solar when they built. Sun room and blow hot air in. Had to have plants in it it seemed. Glass top and south side on it. Had shade/shutters to close.
My bedroom heats during the day from sun. Only way they could set the house on this lot. I am go ingto haveto have insulated drapes for window here. Open days and close at night. Have to keep closed in summer. This house is hot. No air conditioner just swamp cooler which I can not use . I donot think I can afford to run a A/C and buy it too. I run the fan on the swamp cooler in the mornings and then shut it off. Fan in bedroom window nights. No attic or shade trees. Can not open any top windows as I tired and then asked and she said no. Hot air trapped in. No way to vent out the heat over heat. I can not leave a door open as anything could walk in. If leave the swamp cooler fan on days it starts blowing in hot air. On the roof. Only thing I can do is try and cover the windows real good.
Solar has really came along ways.
Not salt salt but a salt that would liquidfy and give off heat. Too long a go. Had to be back in the 70's as my youngest son went with me.
I think the salt is called eutectic salt. My spelling is probably way off, but I remember people were experimenting with it back in the 70's or so. Some were putting it in drums and setting them in sun in greenhouses. Haven't heard mention of it in a long time. Salt being corrosive i suppose they used plastic drums?
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