Solar Pool Heaters
Choose solar pool water heaters
In the summertime, few things are quite as refreshing as taking a dip in your own backyard swimming pool. But for all the fun they bring, swimming pools cost a lot of money to operate and maintain. Between keeping the pool heated, clean and covered, you're looking at a significant financial outlay week after week, month after month during swimming season. Fortunately, there are money-saving options available to you, and solar pool heaters are one you should definitely consider.
With solar pool heating, not only can you significantly reduce the amount of money it costs you to maintain your pool, you can also reduce your carbon footprint by drawing on a clean, sustainable and pollution-free energy resource. An additional benefit of solar pool water heaters is that they can also extend your swimming season by as much as two weeks at both ends (spring and fall).
How Solar Pool Heating Systems Work
As with other solar technologies, swimming pool solar heaters convert sunlight into usable energy through the application of solar panels. Your pool pump pushes water into the solar panel pool heaters, which apply energy to warm the water to the temperature you specified. It then flows back to the pool.
There are some other factors you need to take into account when considering solar pool heaters. First, if the water has to travel a long distance to the solar panels, you may also need to install a new pump to ensure the water maintains its temperature while en route back to the pool. Also, many solar pool heating systems need to be supplemented with standard electric or natural gas heaters, since you'll still need a way to warm the water on cloudy days.
Solar Pool Heating Technologies
While there are other technologies available, unglazed solar panels are by far the most common type used for pool heating. They are available in three standard sizes (8-feet, 10-feet and 12-feet) but can also be customized if you need different dimensions, and are specially constructed to be impervious to the effects of ultraviolet radiation as well as the various chemicals typically used to keep pools clean.
On average, you will recoup your investment through energy savings in about two to three years. Be sure to hire an experienced professional to assess the layout of your pool, make recommendations on system construction and components, and to install your new solar pool heating system.