Solar Pool Heaters & Heating Systems
Nothing quite beats that feeling of having your very own swimming pool in your backyard. You can have a great weekend with your family without going anywhere, exercise regularly, throw parties around the pool, or just use the therapeutic effect of the water to relax whenever you want to.
However, did you know that the average swimming pool adds $150 to $300 to a family's monthly expense? Pools are filled with a lot of water, which needs to be heated, especially if you are living in a cold area. Traditional heaters such as heat pumps, gas heaters and electric-resistance are all great options, but they are also expensive to operate and maintain.
On the other hand, solar pool heaters cost nothing after installation as they use free energy from the sun to heat your swimming pool, making them an ideal choice for most homes.
But, why would you want your pool heated?
Good question, after all swimming pools are mostly used during summer time, and often remain covered during the colder months. With solar pool heating, you can ensure that your swimming pool remains operational all year round.
Unlike solar photovoltaic cells, which directly convert sunlight into electricity, solar pool heaters work by using the sun's rays to heat the water. A pool's water is pumped through a filter into a solar hot water collector. These collectors are positioned to face the sun so that they can accumulate as much of its heat as they can in order to gradually raise the temperature of the water. There are a variety of different solar collectors that can be used depending on your region, and your requirements:
- Evacuated tube systems are the most easily found. The collector is made up of rows of insulated glass tubes with copper pipes within them. Water runs through the collector, and as its temperature reaches the desired level, it is evacuated into the pool.
- Flat plate collectors are also commonly used in solar pool heating. These have a flat insulator with thin copper or silicon pipes in them. Unlike evacuated tube systems, flat plate collectors can harness more solar energy per square foot of area thanks to their flat insulation.
- Thermodynamic collectors are the latest in solar technology. These do not require direct solar radiation as do all the other traditional collectors, which allows them to work in less than optimal weather conditions.
Apart from being cost-free post installation, pool solar heaters also offer other advantages over available methods. They are less maintenance intensive as they have fewer moving parts. Solar pool heaters are also more durable than their gas or electric brethren. The latter usually last 3 to 5 years with maintenance; however, a well looked after pool solar heater can work flawlessly for 15 to 20 years. You can save thousands in utility bills by going solar.
Let's not forget that solar pool heating is also great for the environment. As you are not burning up fossil fuels (or using energy generated by a utility) to power them, you are helping reduce carbon emissions. A typical residential solar pool heater can remove 3 to 8 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere per year. For comparison, a mid-sized car produces 4 to 6 tons of CO2 every year.
If you are interested in finding out more on how you can use solar power to live bill-free, then start by getting a free quote. Having helped thousands of people find the right solar photovoltaic system for their residential and commercial requirements, we can determine the right system type and size so that you save with solar.
What can you save with solar!
With no end in sight for soaring electricity rates, your switch to solar will secure affordable power for your home & family for years to come.