Solar Pool Heat - The Way Forward For Heating Your Pool

by Pool Builders on 08-13-2009 in Articles

For people who just can't bear swimming in cold water - and I am one of those - a heated pool at home has always seemed such a luxurious option only to be enjoyed by the rich and famous. Of course, pool heating powered largely by fossil-fuel derived petroleum gas, propane and electric heating systems have been around for some time. Worldwide, there is a growing awareness of the urgent need to develop alternative, clean energy sources to replace the polluting fossil fuels that are causing so much damage to our environment.

The impetus to reduce our carbon emissions has resulted in important technological advances in methods for harnessing alternative, renewable energy from sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and wave energies.Of these, solar power has grown in popularity. This popularity can be attributed to the fact that solar power systems are relatively inexpensive and are easy to install and maintain.

Solar power applications for the home come in a range of designs and systems. Solar pool heat is one such application. Swimming pool solar heating pleases the dedicated swimmers among us to no end because it is affordable, effective, easy to manage and, above all, it is environmentally friendly. Not only can we swim all year round, but we can do so with a clear conscience knowing that we are not using up valuable resources or adding to the planet's pollution woes.

There are both active and passive types of solar pool heat methods.

The passive ways simply draw in the sun's heat trapping it inside the pool to warm up the water. Swimming pool solar accessories like pool covers, pool blankets, pool domes and pool pills are examples. Their main drawback is that they can only function in direct sunlight but not when there is weak or no sunlight which renders them ineffectual in such weather.

Active types of swimming pool solar heating methods involve actually harnessing the sun's energy and transforming it into a usable resource for heating there and then or at a later stage. It involves gathering, storing and then transferring the energy to where it is needed. Solar panel pool heaters are active systems and represent the solar pool heat systems that can deliver on a promise of year-round swimming.

If you are considering heating your pool this winter, solar pool heating is an affordable, practical and environmentally friendly method well worth investigating.

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