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Rick H Parker

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More info on cooling:

GOM is talking about Night sky radiant cooling (NSRC) in that conversation.

A mountain breeze is cold air flowing down the side of the mountain to replace hot air that rises from a valley floor. To take advantage of a nightly mountain breeze one should position the radiator so that the mountain breeze flows through it. If there is enough of a temperature difference between night and day it could work.

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Yes he was, and radiant cooling has little to do with mountain breezes. I simply provided the link as a point of interest.  However Brian may be able to take advantage of both.  My point is that the same equipment can be used to heat AND cool.

Water-based collectors would make great radiators, and if one wanted to take advantage of the breeze all one would have to do is vent them or remove the glazing in the summer. The aluminum fins would do the rest.  In the summer, spring, and fall the collector/radiators may not even be necessary as it's largely a matter of moving the heat to and from the storage tank.  You and I suggested pretty much the same thing, in posts #23 and #28.

It DOES work, the only question is how well.  Here in Florida not very, because of the humidity and clouds, and with the sea temperature at 90F the "breeze" is anything but cool.  New Mexico is a different story.



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Excellent Idea, I like it.
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Really good thoughts
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