Everyday Dose Of Reality
Just when you think you have seen and heard it all, enter my husband. By now most of you are aware that we bought a school to convert to our home, and if not… you know now. The heating of the house is done by a steam boiler run on propane or fuel oil. Both of which we know is EXpensive as all get out. I will say this up front about my lovely husband, the man is super smart. Sometimes common sense alludes him but he is very similar to Macgyver. Give the man a piece of gum, rubber band and a flower petal and he can build you a mansion that can take on a hurricane also hold it’s own against 60 below Fahrenheit temps. This sounds good but most times the man cannot tell you where his underwear are 100% accurately.
He has tons of idea’s on heating our home. Countless hours of research and watching videos have turned up a major contender in heating our house. The mad scientist has set up our front yard as a testing ground for several things. Let me explain the heating. In this picutre you see 100 foot of black thick plastic sewer pipe, an inline intake fan and a car battery. Note car battery was charged by his wind turbine and a solar panel. Oh yeah he is into everything. Here is how this works. The pipe heats up in the sun and even on a cloudy day, the fan connects to the battery sucking in air to the tube. The other end of the tub is open and blows out really hot air. In Macgyver’s world this tube will be on the roof of the house and the two end will be in the house. The fan sucks in the air from the room, sending it through the tube and heating it where it blows back into the house from the other end of the tube. But… he has a little Tim Allen mixed in him with Macgyver, Bill Nye the science guy, must have more power, heat or whatever it may be. In the house we have the industrial florescent lighting units that hold 4 tubes. We have been taking them out of the rooms and replacing them with recessed lighting units with an LED bulb. One light unit of florescent burned 120 watts worth of bulbs. The LED replacement is 1.4 watts. Needless to say we have roughly 60 units removed so far, and nobody wants them for anything. I have been determined to come up with a use for them but the husband has beat me to it.
Yesterday he ran a test with one of the lighting units. By putting the black sewer pipe inside, the temp increase a phenomenal amount. His rough estimate, once the tube with lighting case is assembled, should bring the BTU in the range of 160,00. Which would be awesome to heat our whole house, if it was a 1500 sq. foot home during daylight hours. Do your realize you would only need to heat your home at night, that cuts costs in HALF! Bonus is that all the materials are pretty cheap. Mega Bonus is the weight of all the units and the pipe should hold on the roof in flat winds during the winter. New project enters the picture. Our son will be helping him with the lighting units. Each end needs to be removed and the pipe laid inside one after another. The full assembly will take place on the roof since the top clear part will be silicone’d once fully put together. At any rate this will be a huge cost cutter on the amount of propane we will use during the winter months, now just to fine tune the entry of the pipe into the house. There is something to be said being married to the Macgyver, Tim Allen and Science Guy type. We will be warm during the winter and it wont cost us $30,000. Plus our son is now a mini Macgyver in the making.