Choosing the Best Solar Pool Heaters
If you’re thinking of getting something efficient and eco-friendly to heat your pool, you’ve come to the right place!
Even on the hottest days, most backyard pools still feel less tempting to dip our toes in, nevertheless jump in. This is because the sheer surface area of pools makes it easier for hot air to evaporate, leaving your backyard oasis something little to be desired. Let’s be real – you want to be refreshed, not freezing cold.
While most pool owners, including yourself, already have a gas or electric pool heater, this gets quite costly and it’s just not as sustainable in the long-term. You want to be lounging and swimming, not paying bills.
An average solar pool system will cost around $3,000 to $4,000. But the payback is worth it. Solar panels are reliable, low maintenance, and will last you a long time (anywhere between 20 to 25 years). Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy your pool longer with peace of mind?
Well, it’s more than possible to kick it back with a floatie once you have the perfect solar pool heater. We’re incredibly lucky with the sun’s rays to have a sustainable energy source all year. Now that you’re read to take the plunge, here’s some questions to consider before purchasing a solar pool heater.
Top 6 Solar Pool Heaters
How much sunlight does your location receive?
While there is no exact way to predict how much solar energy your location receives, it’s still relevant in assessing how much solar energy your location can collect. Remember that you can install solar panels almost anywhere at your site, as long as they have plenty of sun exposure.
You don’t need to live in the tropics, but you should definitely have a generous portion of your backyard unshaded. And if you live in a cooler environment, you may need a bigger solar heater or in some instances a back-up system.
What is the size and breadth of your system?
When figuring out the sizing of your solar heating system, you want the surface area of whatever model you choose to be at least 50 percent of your pool’s surface area. This means your roof space should also be sufficient.
Above-ground pools are easily heated with sheet heaters while below-ground may need a more powerful exchange heater.
Obviously, this is the ideal goal of this investment. This will still be important to think about in regards to deciding on sheet heaters for the surface (raise by 10-15 degrees) or exchange heaters (which can sometimes increase temperature to 100 degrees). Though exchange heaters will generally cycle less than half the pool over a day.
Parts of a system
Unglazed vs. glazed solar collectors. Unglazed solar collectors are rubber or plastic panels made with UV light inhibitors and are more cost efficient – especially for indoor pools in cooler climates. Glazed solar collectors are made from copper tubing on an aluminum plate with an iron tempered glass covering. They are more pricey but durable for the whole year in all climates.
A pool filter to remove debris
A flow control valve to move pool water through the solar collector
A powerful pump or an additional one for good water circulation
Installation and Warranty
The cost and operation for installation will depend on what kind of system you buy. But most solar pool heaters online only include the price of the panels themselves. Sometimes, these can be hooked up to standard pool pumps, but you should consult with a professional solar installation company to get it done right.
There may also be some unexpected hiccups in the future (as with anything!) so confirm a warranty with whatever solar pool heater you decide to buy.