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Eric Giordano
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Is it possible to use a Solar Thermal evacuated tube collector to heat my large loft apartment in NYC?

The picture below shows my setup. I live in large space and the roof of the building is right above us with full exposure to the sun.

It used to be an industrial building and there is an opening where a huge fan used to be that is now just boarded up with wood.

Seems like we could put the solar collector right outside of that, but how do I get the heat into my space? Will it flow through some kind of tubes?

Here's the layout of my space:

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frank li
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Yes, small tubes, about 1-1.5 inches or less plus insulation generally carry the heat. Stainless flex line seems expensive on its face, but especially for diy and some retrofit installs i say go for flex.

Your apartment size and building envelope efficiency, comfort level versus outdoor temps-desired, and mechanical efficiency and type of existing heating all paint a picture of how much solar thermal capacity you will require for collection and storage, next is space and budget.
 
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