Solar Heating - A Solution For Winter Swimming Pools

by Pool Builders on 06-29-2007 in Articles

When the summer months pass and the temperature starts to drop you may discover that a dip in the pool leaves your teeth chattering and your body shivering for hours afterwards. If you're like most people, this would not be a very pleasant experience for you. In many areas of the country this has always been a problem for swimming pool owners who find themselves unable to swim in during the winter.

How can this be avoided?

There have been many heating solutions developed for swimming pools over the years. Currently the most popular are heat and gas pumps. While cheaper to set up, gas pumps are more expensive in the long run given the rising price of gas in recent years. Heat pumps are a bit more expensive to set up initially, but will prove to have lower maintenance costs. Both types of pumps, however, suffer from serious flaws. Neither gasoline nor electricity mix very well with water. A gas leak will contaminate the water, and I don't think I need to explain what would happen if you happened to be swimming while an electrical malfunction occurred.

To overcome these dangerous challenges, you may want to consider solar heating for your swimming pool. It is possible to install solar panels which will collect energy from the sun and use that energy when needed to provide heat to the water, keeping it warm even during the cold winter months.

Over the long term, a solar heating solution is even more cost-effective than either the gas or heat pump system. Without the need for supplies of gasoline or electricity, the maintenance costs of solar heating panels are very low, yet will still provide year-round warmth for your swimming pool.

The heat collected by the specially designed solar panels is transmitted through copper wires into strategically located pipes, where it is then released into the pool water. This type of heating system is safe, since there is no danger of electrocution or contamination of the water.

A solar panel setup allows for regulation of heat through valves that are able to control the amount of heat released through the pipes. This ensures that the water will never be too hot for you, nor will it be too cold, even during the coldest winter days.

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