I was planning to make the passive louvered ventilation door. It was, I thought an original idea. I was over at a friends house this morning and was explaining my idea to him. He said, does it look like this. Someone stole my idea. It was exactly what I was imagining. Only his was installed on his house and was working perfectly. He said that he bought the unit at the materials store. I will track it down and list it here as soon as I find it. One difference between his unit and the one that I imagined was that the fan motor in his unit was quite a bit more powerful than the one I had in mind. I am thinking of a fan motor that operates on 10 to 20 watts. I am guessing that his fan is more like 500 watts. His ventilates a whole house, where mine is just for my little 8×12 greenhouse. 96 square feet vs 2500 sq ft.
I have been trying to grow tomatoes at my home near the coast for 30 years without much success. My plan is to make a small greenhouse 8×12 ft, which will be passively heated to keep the night time temperatures above 60 degrees in the summer. I have gathered some cast off materials and have just started construction. I plan to ventilate to avoid overtemping in the day time using a household fan with louvered door and an automatic temperature sensor, (Bayite-TCF-3A017) from ebay at $13. In order to design the quantity of the heat sink, I will be starting with a weather station for the temperature monitoring.
This was $39. Needless to say I am on a tight budget. I will be posting all of the temperature data in case anyone is interested.
My plan is to have the base line heat sink be a cement walkway of 2ft by 8ft by 6inches down the middle in a dark color. 55 gal plastic barrel of water in the corner, and then stack cement blocks filled with decomposed granite on the back wall as needed. I will asses the night time temps and add more heat sink mass as needed. My hope is to tune it till I get perfect temperatures without using much ventilation. I have lots of ideas about how to add additional heat sink if needed.
I would love to hear about others who have already done this, and may give me some help. This is my very first effort.