Thermal Solar Collectors
Thermal solar collectors are the most common solar heating systems used around the world. The solar collectors, often referred to as the solar panels, are normally placed on the rooftop of your home, although in some cases they can also be installed near the pool or at ground level.
The most efficient solar panels are made from UV stabilized polypropylene, over which you move your pool water through a system of headers and tubes. These solar panels are perfect if you live in a humid, sunny environment such as Orlando Florida, but they are normally not as powerful in colder climates. This implies that the pool might not be heated for as many months throughout the year, but could be used alongside other types of pool heaters.
Solar Pool Covers
They hold in the heat during periods when the temperature falls below 60 degrees at night, preventing convection losses or heat escaping from the surface overnight. You can also use Solar Sun Rings which are 4 foot round pool covers that are stackable and much easier to store and remove from the pool when it’s time to swim.
Solar pool covers help to conserve water evaporation, reduce energy loss, make better maintenance possible and even prevent harm from airborne substances.
How to Install a Solar Pool Heating System
Now that we have discussed the solar heating pool costs and the availability of different kinds of panels, it is time to get right into the installation process.
You should also go for a well-known, experienced firm that provides longer warranties for their solar pool heating systems. Many vendors also have ten-year or longer warranties on solar pool heating systems.
Installing the Solar Collector
Among the most critical components of your solar pool heater is the solar collector, which provides the heat that heats up the pool. Collectors must always be correctly assembled and installed so they can perform their job efficiently, which necessitates a few diligent measures.
The next step is to figure out the overall size of the solar collector you will need to set up. This depends on the total size of your pool and the orientation of your roof. We recommend taking our professional advice on this matter, but the general rule of thumb is that if your panels are facing south, the rough estimate should be about 70 percent of the pool’s size, 90 percent for the panels facing east, or west.
Running the Pipes
Once done installing the solar collectors, the plumbing which channels the water and brings heated water back to your swimming pool can be color matched to the body color of your house if you have the same paint color on hand. This looks clean and blends in with the house for aesthetics.
Why Choose Solar Pool Heating?
Choosing a solar pool heating system will save money in both the short and long term, reducing utility bills and saving you money. They offer convenience and little to no maintenance. Below we have provided a list of advantages of solar heaters for inground pools to consider.
Solar heaters enable you to heat your swimming pool without incurring repetitive energy costs, while at the same time helping you reduce your total impact on the environment, that other heaters do not offer. Since the supply of solar energy is essentially free of cost and abundant, you can heat your pool without having to pay large sums on energy bills.
Whole house Electric solar panels in Florida currently have a 26% tax credit available, however solar pool heaters do not. However, they still offer more cost saving opportunities when compared to their more expensive electric and gas equivalents.
If you enjoy a dive, playing water sports with your friends, or just relaxing and drinking under the sun, solar pool heaters in Orlando will allow you to indulge in any of these fun activities without breaking the bank. A solar pool heating system will extend your pool season either side of the warm Florida summer.
Even though you shouldn’t be the one installing the solar pool heater yourself, it is a huge advantage that the entire installation process can be completed within hours from a professional solar contractor, such as Everything Solar. You won’t have to take any time off work or your weekend.
For the last 30+ years, solar energy has not only been used in heating pools but also for power generation and heating water in homes, rental properties and industrial parks. There really are no engines or fans you need to worry about rupturing, and there is no corrosion by the heat transporters. Each solar pool heater is made from robust, weather-resistant, UV stabilized polypropylene.
Little to No Maintenance
Due to the aforementioned reliability of solar systems, maintenance is often not required as well. Some might even argue that they don't have to be maintained at all. In a way, solar pool heating systems are literally a one-time investment.
We all know that heaters powered by gas or electric are usually good for fast results, but eventually, they become troublesome and require more maintanence, because of more moving parts. You can always count on solar pool heaters to never short-circuit, burn out, become rusted, or even be blocked by foreign debris, such as pollen, dirt, and dust.