There’s nothing worse than a pool that is too cold to use. So wouldn’t it be great if you could easily heat your pool without having to worry about increasing your energy bill?
Solar pools have many benefits, including low to no energy costs, use clean energy from the sun, and extend the use of your pool into the cooler months.
Both pool covering systems floating atop the water and separate solar thermal collectors may be used for pool heating.
It is relatively easy to integrate a solar collector into most pools existing pump system, the main difference being that instead of your filter pumping water directly into the pool it goes through a solar energy collector first, where the sun heats the water before being pumped back into the pool.
A simple rule-of-thumb is that the required collection area needed is 50% of the pool’s surface area. Most solar collectors are used for extending your swimming season into spring and autumn, however if you wish to extend this even further into the colder winter months you will need to increase your collectors surface area to equal the entire surface area of the pool.
Solar collectors can be mounted on your roof, or anywhere near the pool that provides proper exposure, orientation and tilt towards the suns energy giving rays. In locations where a proper tilt cannot be achieved (for example if you have a flat/low tilting roof) it may be necessary to increase the collector area to achieve the desired heating result.
One benefit of having a roof solar collecting system installed is that it has the added benefit of cooling your house. This is because the solar heat from the building is put into the pool water instead, and as heat builds up in the attic it is transferred into the pool.
Your collector should require little maintenance if your pool’s chemical balance and filtering system are checked regularly.
A pool cover offers an effective way to keep heat in the pool. Almost all heat loss in a pool occurs from the pools surface, especially during the night when there is no solar heat to be gained. A bubble cover (sometimes called a solar cover) offers two benefits; it both maintains heat and creates heat through solar sources.
Pool covering system can act as solar collector and provide pool heating benefits which, depending on your climate, can either supplement the solar thermal collectors discussed above or make them unnecessary.
Now you have a basic idea of what’s involved in solar heating your swimming pool, get in touch with our pool specialists who will work with you to find the most suited solar heating solution for your pool.