Everyone is trying to save money and save the environment at the same time these days, so they are converting everything they can so solar power. Some people are using solar energy to power their home and others are using it to warm up their water – but not many people realize that just like there are solar water heating systems, there are solar pool heating systems as well!
How Does Solar Pool Heating Work?
When you use a solar pool heating system cold water is pumped into a solar panel where it’s warmed and then filtered back. First, you set up you desired pool water temperature. Then, a sensor determines the most efficient time to begin running, which saves on energy because it’s not trying to warm up the pool when it’s below freezing temperature outside. Then, the solar pool heating system sends the cold water from your pool into special solar collectors that begin to warm up your pool’s water. The last step is for the solar pool heating system to send the warmed water back to your pool.
That’s what happens when you use a solar pool heating system to warm up an in-ground pool. For an above ground pool, a filter pup sends cold pool water through the solar panels. The water becomes warmed up inside those solar tubes, and then the solar pool heating system pumps the warm water back into the pool! It’s all very simple and it saves your household a lot of money.
How Much Does It Cost To Install A Solar Pool Heating System?
A typical system will run a household between $3,000 and $4,000 dollars to buy and then install. However, it’s usually paid for himself within 1.5 to 7 years depending on fuel costs. Solar pool heating systems also last longer than gas or electric pool heating systems – anywhere from 10 to 20 years if they’re installed correctly.
However it’s important for you to evaluate your home’s “solar resource” so that you can have the correct solar pool heating system installed. This will help make sure that your solar pool heating system is running at peak efficiency and you’re getting all the energy efficiency out of it that you should be getting. Solar pool heating systems use what’s called “direct solar radiation” and “diffuse solar radiation.” Someone qualified needs to run an evaluation test to determine that. Still even if you live somewhere where it’s not warm and sunny all the time, you will still be able to install a solar pool heating system and have it work.
There are other things you have to determine – such as whether you want to use passive solar heating – but getting a solar pool heating system installed is a great choice to make!