Passive Solar Basement Efficiency
The graphs below summarize the results for the 20082009
heating season.
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The graph above shows the observed daily average temperatures for the
20082009 heating season. The grey squares (along with the y axis on
the right edge of the plot) show how many hours per day the backup
propane furnace ran. The lower graph shows the ratio of daily average
surface solar flux to the top of atmosphere solar flux. The surface
solar flux on a horizontal plane is measured by the weather station, and
the top of atmosphere solar flux is calculated for the date and
location. Sunny days have a solar transmission near 0.7, and cloudy days
have lower values.
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The above graph shows the total heating degree days (HDD) accumulated
through the season and total BTUs provided by the propane furnace in our
house. These HDD are defined relative to the standard 65^{o}F.
The furnace BTUs are calculated using the 70,000 BTU/hour furnace rating
and the time the furnace is on as measured by the computer. This season
the furnace was used for 56 hours, consuming about 43 gallons of propane.
The ratio of BTUs to heating degree days divided by the floor area of
the house (1508 square feet) is plotted in the lower panel. This ratio
is called the heating intensity index, and is a measure of how efficient
the house is.
