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A DIY Solar Heater for Garages and Sheds

Here’s a way to make heat when the sun shines to warm up your garage or shed.

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A DIY solar heater made from soda cans

You can make your own solar heater with some aluminum cans, an old window, and some insulation. Image: David Quilty and The Good Human

Garages and sheds are bears to heat, unless you spend a lot of money extending your HVAC system. So we’re so glad to have stumbled upon a post from The Good Human that shows how to turn an old window frame and a case of soda cans into free solar heat.

Basically, you sandwich aluminum cans (painted black) between the window glass and some insulation. Drill holes in the frame and cans and place in a sunny place. Air is sucked into the frame, heated by the sun in the cans, and blown out the top as warm air rises. You can direct the heat into a small space like a garage or shed with dryer venting attached to a window shim.

Voila! So long as the sun shines, you’ve got heat.

I plan to dumpster surf for an old window and give it a try.

lisa-kaplan-gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon

is an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL. Follow Lisa on Google+.

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