barbi asked in EnvironmentGreen Living · 2 months ago

A house that uses passive solar heating in the Northern Hemisphere will?

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  • Luke
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    That might depend on which lattitude it's at. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Likely be very chilly, especially at night in the winter. I have followed developments in the this area for 30+ years and as far as I know, no one has successfully pulled off a completely passive solar house, 100% off the grid in New England. There are always a few week long spells of below freezing temperature and that takes a lot of calories of storage capacity to overcome. The few 'solar'houses in CT all had massive pump systems, complicated plumbing and backup conventional heating. 100% Passive solar heating works well in Arizona and possibly Georgia, but not much further North.

    • Luke
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      What if they were furthur South? With winter lows between 5° - 10° C?

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