Enjoy Your Swimming Pool All Year Round With a Solar Pool Heating System

by Pool Builders on 08-22-2009 in Articles

Heating the swimming pool enables you to extend your swimming season to another few months; you can even enjoy your pool throughout the whole year. Instead of investing significant amount of money for other options to heat your pool, use a solar pool heater.

A solar pool heating system is a system that uses solar energy. This system is cost efficient, simple, and very inexpensive because you will be using the energy that comes from the sun without causing additional gas emission that harms the environment. And since solar pool heater uses the energy from the sun, no operational costs will be spent for the whole time the heater is used.

A solar pool heating system usually costs around $3,000 to $4,000. When selecting a solar pool heater, consider the climate you have in your location and how you intend to use the heater. If you are planning to use the heater only during winter seasons, or when the temperature is above the freezing point, the unglazed collector system would be the right one for your system. Unglazed collector is much cheaper than the glazed one because it has no glass inside. If the solar pool heating system is planned to be used for the whole year, the glazed collector is the right one to be chosen because it can capture heat more efficiently even during cold seasons.

The solar pool heating system works through the use of a solar collector, a filter, a pump, and a flow control valve. These should be installed properly into such a location where the collector can receive the maximum amount of direct sunlight in order to operate well throughout the time when the sun is up. It would take the right size of the system to be able to heat the pool. The appropriate size of the solar panel for the system should be at least half the size of the surface area of the pool. To maximize the system, the pool should be covered with a pool cover. As the pool is exposed in the open air, it loses large amount of heat causing the pool water to become cold again. In addition to that, pool cover will also reduce evaporation loss as well as the dirt or debris that enters the pool.

Proper installation of the solar pool heating system will keep the system in operation for up to 15 years. Regular maintenance and check up may help to keep the system running smoothly and to prevent major repairs on the devices.

Installing the system should be in accordance to the local building code for safety reasons. If you are unsure of how to install the system by yourself, you can hire a qualified solar thermal contractor to install the system for you.

There are lots of companies that provide this kind of service. In choosing a company, check first and confirm if the company has the appropriate license to operate or to do the service you are requesting. Then check if they have lots of experience regarding the installation and maintenance of the solar pool heating system. You should also check if the contractor is familiar with the type of system and application that you want to be installed.

With a pool heating system that is powered by the solar energy, enjoying your pool even during the winter season is now possible without spending too much.

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