Thermal mass in living room using planter box for water storage
THERMAL MASS in 1912 home? Planter with water base? Other?
My though is to do what I did when I was 24 years old with a water bed in a 1900's house. I got under the house
and with 4 x 4 or 6 x 6 " beams put 4 or more under the structure to be sure to keep it , the house and floor , sturdy
for holding a king size waterbed. It worked and in fact it worked even to hold 5 columns of bricks 4' high stacked
under the bed.
Well now I intend to do similar using a planter with water in the base for thermal mass. A central planter about
2 feet wide and 6 to 8 feet long will have about 200 to 300 gallons of water in the base and will be a part of
thermal mass for my living room. My concerns are many.
Leakage and other damage is not want I want to experience.
But assuming everything is done delicately and with forethought it should be safe. But will it be effective?
This is where I need some help.
I've considered using a radiator to move water from the storage , to the room air, back to storage in order to
quickly move heat or cool to the mass. Otherwise I have no 'great' ideas.
This is where I welcome you who know how to calculate the value of the mass in the room. . If I Can gain
10 degrees for 1200 lbs of water that will be 12,000 BTU. I don't know whether this is significant since
it will be released over time, unless I use the radiator to move heat out quickly.
Now you know the gist of it all. Let's hear what you think. Please, remember this is only a brainstorming session
not a NAtional Guard Drill or United Nations invasion. Thanks for your gentle comments.