Thermal Mass Idea
I was not sure where exactly to post this question, passive solar, gardening, hydroponics, biophilic design, or upcycling as what I want to do applies to all. But I thought the knowledge I most need to answer my question would reside with the thermal mass folks.
Here’s my problem. I have a long great room of kitchen, dining room and family room along the south side of my house. There are 2- 5’x5’ windows, 1 4’x4’ window and a sliding glass door. I love the light and warmth. However, this is a home that was not constructed with any thermal mass other than drywall…even the floor is wood over a crawl space. So, usually by noon, the room is too warm and the blinds are closed. Eventually, I would like to add some decorative rock to the long wall on the north side of the room, but with the cost that is a few years out.
So, my idea is to make window gardens in the 2 largest windows and have the container bottles be as close together as possible. My question is to the best growing medium to use – most of the mediums I have seen are regular soil, to straight water, to some other hydroponic medium. I obviously want to have the most heat stored. A brown soil would absorb the heat better than water, but I could obviously paint the bottles any color I want.
Please, any advice about growing medium or any other thoughts on this project would be greatly appreciated.
Going sideways on your question, have you thought of insulation in the ceiling, under the floors and in the walls.
The first one will help a lot and is easy.
The floors will help about 17% and is awkward but easier if you use solid insulation [ sheets ]
And the third can be difficult.
Heavy drapes and pelmets over the windows work very well also.
John Daley Bendigo, Australia
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