How to Enhance the Effectiveness of Homemade Solar Pool Heaters Through Passive Outdoor Landscaping

by Pool Builders on 02-10-2011 in Articles

Could a homemade solar pool heater be your next DIY project? It's really much easier and simpler than one may think.

But before you embark on this project it would be prudent to consider where you are going to site your pool so that whatever heat is provided is retained, is utilized effectively, and is not wasted. If your pool is already installed then the same considerations apply.

It is well worth your while preparing a passive landscaping plan which may include lawns, shrubs and possibly trees - depending on the circumstances. Remember you will want to minimize the sun's direct heat in the summer months and avail of the sun's warmth during the cooler months. The sun will be higher in the summer months, and lower in other months. The landscaping plan has to provide for all seasons. In other words, it is essential that it be practical.

Where the pool is sited relative to buildings, fences and walls is also relevant. It is much easier to think and plan ahead rather than rectify a situation that is simply not satisfactory.

As well as providing greenery and beauty shrubs and trees can also provide effective protection from the summer's sun and shielding from cold wind. In summer they can also direct a cool breeze. All this for free.

In areas that are characterized by dryness, outdoor water such as in the pool can have some special cooling effect. Having an outdoor swimming pool is great and direct sunlight or solar energy will help heat up the pool water. A homemade solar pool heater is ideal for those who want to save on energy bills and still want to use their pool the whole year round.

Having an effective and well-thought out passive landscaping plan and putting this plan into practice will result in savings, a more amenable environment, a healthier lifestyle. But also it significantly increases the market value of the property. A good landscaping plan should include the proper positioning and siting of trees and shrubs as well as anticipating and providing for their replacement when the trees eventually fall and die. Whilst trees are good to look at and we need their shade still we need to make sure they do not block the sunlight during winter.

A good passive landscaping plan also involves good design, a functional layout, and suitable choices of materials. It is amazingly simple. And most households would already have the simple tools required to put the plan into practice.

A passive landscaping plan only costs some of our time, but the benefits are significant.

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