In most climates, you will need some form of heating for your swimming pool during the year. Historically, swimming pool owners have most often used gas pool heaters. But these can cost between $1,000 and $3,000 per year to run! How can you reduce this cost while keeping the extended swimming season you love? Invest in a solar pool heater!
More about Solar Pool Heaters
Solar pool heaters work in the same manner as your traditional gas pool heater or heat pump. Water is filtered and pumped into the solar collector, where it is heated by the sun. The solar collector may be in the form of panels on your roof, or a smaller solar array on the ground. Once the water is heated, it is pumped back into the pool. Many solar pool heaters feature sensors to regulate the temperature of the pool water. If the pool temperature is a certain range below the temperature in the solar collector, the water is heated. If the pool temperature and the solar collector temperature are comparable, the water is simply pumped through the filter and then returned to the pool without heating.
You can use a solar pool heater year-round. Plus, you can even use the solar heater to cool the temperature of your pool in very hot climates.
Why Should You Consider A Solar Pool Heater?
So, why go solar?
You can save a great deal of money and energy consumption by switching to a solar pool heater. A solar pool heater will also usually last much longer than other conventional pool heaters.
Solar Pool Heaters Are Energy Efficient
Does your property receive a sufficient amount of sun exposure throughout the day? If so, a solar pool heater can be the most energy-efficient option for your pool heating needs. You can determine whether you have sufficient sun by simply looking outside. If you have areas of your property that remain unshaded for most of the daylight hours and face south, you can be sure that solar will work for you. You don’t even need to live in a warm and sunny climate! The key here is solar radiation – not necessarily heat and light.
Solar Pool Heaters Are Cost Effective
You will generally pay about $3,000 to $4,000 for a solar pool heater. This is the same cost as heating your pool for a year or two with conventional heaters! But, instead of paying a couple thousand dollars each year for a comfortable swimming environment, you pay this installation fee only once. Your solar pool heater could pay for itself within a year and a half, depending on fuel costs in your area.
As if the cost-effectiveness isn’t enough incentive to go solar, these pool heaters also last from ten to twenty years! Can you imagine your kids or grandkids using the same energy-efficient pool heating system that you install right now? It’s possible with a solar pool heater – not so with a conventional gas heater or heat pump.
Solar Power Is Good For The Planet
Of course, you want to consider the environmental impact when you’re deciding whether to invest in a solar pool heating system. Solar power is a free and renewable energy source. You are not depleting finite stores of fossil fuels. You’re not contributing more to greenhouse gas emissions by using additional electricity generated by burning coal or petroleum coke.* In this enlightened age of awareness of our impact on the planet, using renewable resources wherever possible is the responsible action to take.
Solar Pool Heater Options
You can choose between several options for solar pool heating systems. You can install a standalone solar pool heater and harness the sun’s energy to fully meet your heating needs year-round. Or, you can add a solar component to your existing heater for your pool. This is a good option if you don’t want to make the financial commitment to switch entirely to solar pool heating. If you just can’t let go of your conventional pool heater yet but would like to give solar power a try, you can utilize solar energy as supplemental heat for your existing pool heater system.
Additionally, there are solar options for pool covers that can warm your pool without the installation of a heating system. These solar pool covers come in various styles and sizes for both above- and in-ground pools.
Daniel’s Home of Solar Energy has all of the information you need to make an educated selection of solar pool heating options. Read on in this section to learn more about the types of solar pool heaters and solar pool covers that are available.
*- The pool pump will still need to run on grid electricity – unless your home is solar-powered already. But, you will save money on heating costs and reduce your consumption of grid electricity by heating with solar energy instead of utilizing additional electricity or gas.
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