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Use A Solar-Powered System To Heat Your Inground Pool

by Erik Evans

If you use either a gas or heat pump system to heat your in-ground pool, it can be costly to pay for excessive fuel and electric, and you may not even be impressed with how well the system heats your pool. Before deciding to trade in your heat pump for a brand new system, learn about a solar panel pool heating system and how it may be a more efficient and affordable heating resource.

Learn How A Solar Heater Operates

You will still need to use a pump and filter with a solar heater, but sunlight will essentially be heating water which will reduce operational costs that you may have been burdened with before. The pump and filtration device are connected to tubing, which transfers water throughout the system.

Solar collection panels are the main part of a system and are typically installed on top of a roof, although panels can be installed elsewhere as long as a surface is elevated, flat and in an area that receives ample sunlight. Collection panels absorb sunlight on a daily basis. As water moves through the tubing that is attached to the panels, water is heated up. Water is then transported through the remainder of the tubing and deposited back into the pool.

As a result of this heating process, dirt, leaves and other particles are removed from water on a consistent basis and the temperature of the water inside of a pool is regulated.

Solar panel pool heater units do not require a thermostat. Instead, a check valve is used to determine if water is heated sufficiently or if it needs to be moved throughout the entire heating system. A solar unit also has an auto controller, which will allow a system to be turned off on rainy days or ones that are cloudy.

Have Your Pool And Personal Preferences Assessed

A solar thermal systems contractor will assess your pool and property, plus ask you some questions about your pool use. If you live in a climate where swimming is possible on a daily basis, your property will likely require a larger solar collection field. If your swimming habits reflect that you won't be using your pool quite often, a smaller collection field will be recommended.

Also, the contractor will need to determine if your property receives enough sunlight to support a solar heating system and will determine which spot to install the system. Sometimes a system needs to be tilted slightly prior to installation to ensure that sunlight will be efficiently collected during the daytime.