Solar Pool Heating

With Solar Pool Heating you will be able to get more use of your pool without spending all your money for gas or electricity to heat it! How about keeping your pool nice and toasty for practically nothing? No more trying to avoid looking at your power bills when they come! It is very easy and extremely cost effective.

Solar Pool Covers

Probably the cheapest and easiest solar heating system is a solar cover or blanket. By just using a cover or blanket alone you can extend your pool season by maybe two months- one month at the start of the season and one month at the end. A pool cover or blanket will:

• Convert the rays from the sun into heat for your pool-usually raises the temperature about 5 degrees F. for every 12 hours the pool is covered.

• Prevents heat from escaping

• Reduces evaporation which not only looses heat but also looses water.

Of course there are many types of covers and blankets for pools. Some you must put on and take off manually and some cover and uncover with the push of a button.

If you wish to raise the pool temperature even higher you will need an active type heater. These type heaters use solar collectors to soak up the suns heat and carry it to the pool. The systems are set up to continuously move water from the pool to the collector and then back to the pool. In this way the heating cycle continues whenever the sun is shining.

Solar Pool Collectors

Solar pool collectors are usually made of high tech plastics which have been designed to resist weather and the sun's fierce ultraviolet radiation. The materials are usually polypropylene which is relatively cheap and easy to assemble. The collectors sit on the roof are usually standard sizes, no matter where you get them from: 4ft x 8ft, 4ft x 10ft, or 4ft x 12ft.

Diagram of Solar Pool Heater

A Solar Pool Heater is made up of the following components:

• A solar collector – the device through which pool water is circulated to be heated by the sun

• A filter – removes debris before water is pumped through the collector

• A pump – circulates water through the filter and collector and back to the pool

• A flow control valve – automatic or manual device that diverts pool water through the solar collector (prevents water from circulating thru the collector when the sun is not shining).

Solar Pool Collector Location

Solar pool collector panels are usually mounted on a roof, or on a tilted rack on the ground. The collectors should face South in the northern hemisphere, and North in the southern hemisphere. The angle at which the collectors tilt is determined by the latitude of where the collector is located.

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