In many places people enjoy swimming in their pools throughout the warm summer months, but nobody wants to swim in a cold pool, especially if it’s not summer time. This is where pool heaters come in handy. To keep a swimming pool warm year round you need a pool heater to keep the water warm. Electric or gas heaters are expensive to use and take a toll on the environment. That’s why many people are now using solar heaters to warm their swimming pools.
What is a Solar Pool Heater?
A solar pool heater greatly reduces the cost of heating the water in a swimming pool by using the heat of the sun. A solar heater maintains the desired water temperature in your pool and it is very effective in just about any type of climate or weather condition. Using a solar heater is also an excellent way to save money when heating large swimming pools.
So How Does it Work?
A solar pool heater or solar pool heating system uses a solar collector to gather water to be heated by the sun’s rays. The water pump system draws the water out of the pool where it then passes through a special filter that removes any foreign objects. The water is then held and heated inside the solar collector, after the water has been thoroughly heated it is then fed back into the swimming pool where it warms the water. An automatic flow control valve regulates the flow of hot water throughout the solar heating system to give the swimming pool water a steady warm temperature.
The system can raise the water temperature by as much as 6-10 degrees F and extend your pool season by weeks.
What are the Benefits
The benefits of a solar pool heater are many, and it is looked upon by most homeowners as an investment. Solar power in all forms is becoming more and more popular and necessary to offset the rising price of electricity. Today’s solar powered pool heaters are much cheaper and more cost effective to operate than their gas and electric powered cousins. Plus, they will extend the time you can spend swimming in your pool throughout the year.
Also it requires much less maintenance than a traditional heater. Using solar to keep your swimming pool nice and warm makes sense economically, solar energy is free energy from the sun with no ill environmental effects. The benefits of solar water heating go far beyond heating your pool.
A heater will extend your swimming season by many months. The great thing about a solar pool heater is that it is a one-time expense to set up, but after that, you do not have monthly expenses on your power or gas bill. Solar is a great way to live ‘off the grid,’ A heated pool is not too far out of reach if you are willing to look into your options. You can buy a ready-made solar heater or you can build your own.
Buy a solar pool heater
There are many options available if you want to buy a solar pool heater. There are many local solar companies popping up all over the place, and most of them do more than install solar panels on your home. They can set up a solar pool heater that will work in unison with the solar panels to provide heated water to your pool. Heliocol is a popular brand that may sound familiar. They were the company that provided the solar heating for the water in the Olympic pools in the Atlanta and Sydney games.
Build your own solar pool heater
Building your own solar pool heater is easier than you think. All you need is PVC pipe, black hose for the conductors, a solar panel and metal roofing material. A solar pool heater takes the water from the pool, heats it, and then returns it to the pool. If you have solar panels on your roof and you are planning to use those, you may want to enlist the help of a professional or knowledgeable handyman. If you are installing a solar panel on the side of your pool, then there is a good chance you can set up a solar pool heater on your own.
There is a lot of pride in owning a pool, and there should be. Pools are a lot of work and take a lot of time to maintain. If you are looking for a longer swimming season so you can enjoy your hard earned swimming time, then you should definitely get a solar pool heater. With a solar pool heater you can enjoy many extra months into the fall, and open up your pool earlier in spring.