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How do I "turn off" my Solar Heaters in the Summer?

posted Dec 11, 2014, 5:54 AM by Greenhill EnviroTechnologies Inc.

A 'stagnant' solar heater in the summer can get very hot, indeed! Too hot in some cases, which can cause damage to the heater, or adjacent elements.

In the summer, if you do not wish to redirect the heat for other uses (such as preheating water for your home or other creative uses, like food/herb drying, clothes drying or heating a hotub/pool...) you can disconnect the Okapi System (or whatever fan control system you have) from its power supply and then decide on your desired way of shading/covering your solar heaters and shielding them from the sun. 

Shading you heater can be done in a number of ways:

1. Attaching a tarp or a rigid, secured covering of some sort.

2. Install an angled sunshade

3. Put up hanging plants, vines on a movable trellis, or a vertical garden that will shade it with their foliage! 


-There are many clever and creative ways of keeping your heaters cool in the summer if you do not plan to use them! 

(If you think of another one, please let us know!)

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