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Garage_Hermit

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Bert, how about just adding a cap - you could disguise it so that it looked like part of the house eaves...

Maybe you would need to get to an online shade calculator, I think DAN had one at one point...

OR stand planters full of bamboos and other leafy stuff, in front of the collector...

Or just unscrew the glazing, if it is accessible enough.

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Bert-

While I think you could add a vent, a cover of shrubbery(Monty Python) of flowers would be easier, cheer and far more attractive. Planted annuals could be removed in late fall to fully expose the collector. Or, look around for attractive weather resistant panels. Some discarded siding to match the house would look great! If you do choose to make a vent opening, a cap designed to protect the collector should your power fail would be good. You could open the vent manually during the summer, and it could open on its own if the internal temps get too high. 

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We will be planting more tall flowers. Not sure how much it will shade.
Well, I will just wait and see how it goes. Will have something to cover it handy just in case.


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Has anyone put  vents in their collector so that they can cool it off in the Summer?

Was thinking about the best way to do it.


Scott uses vents on the panel to avoid over temping them in the summer. I believe he uses fairly large diameter PVC pipe (4") for the vents. 
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That's an idea. It may even keep the garage a bit cooler in the Summer.
Seems like it would work better on a panel that's not connected to the house. You could hide all that behind.

I may have to vent it either from the sides or top. Perhaps with the fan running if on the sides.

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