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Everything You Need to Know about Solar Pool Heaters (Ultimate Guide)

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Exclusive Patented Features


o   All 2 inch piping.


o   Tubes and header are joined together as an overmolded unit, eliminating welded joints and seams.


o   Spacer Bars are every foot length of collector and elevates panel 1/2 inch off roof and maintains it in a rigid posture while allowing expansion and contraction.

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Mounting Hardware


o   Patented UV stabilized attachment anchors to the truss, instead of the weaker roof sheeting. This allows for expansion and contraction within the attachment, eliminating movement against any penetrations.


o   State-of-the-art mounting hardware reduces the number of roof penetrations and keeps header from touching roof, therefore no roof abrasion can take place.


o Tested to withstand 140mph wind loads.

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Individual Tubes


o   Designed to maximize the sun’s heat at any angle.


o   Allows capture of heat from roof, even on cloudy days.


o   Creates breathing between roof and panel, eliminating concentration of moisture or mildew.


o Allows for necessary expansion and contraction, which prevents rippling and buckling

You can swim much longer than you think in a solar heated pool. With no operating costs, solar pool heating is the most cost-effective way to triple your swimming season.  

What Is Solar Pool Heating?

Solar pool heating is a term that implies a system of products designed to heat a pool, using the suns energy. Certain systems pump pool water through tubes heated by the sun and others serve as mats or blankets that cover the pool surface. Some systems also heat the water as they are exposed to sunlight while insulating the water during evening hours.

A solar pool heater is a device that uses solar energy derived from ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight to heat swimming pool water. Pool water is pumped through solar collectors where heating takes place. The heat is transferred from the solar collectors to the water.

The warmed pool water is then routed back to the swimming pool to create a warm swimming. experience.

How Does Solar Pool Heating Work?


1. In a solar pool heating system, the existing pool filtration system pumps pool water through the solar collector.


2. The collected heat is transferred directly to the pool water, therefore, no operating costs are incurred.


Solar pool heating triples the swimming season by increasing the pool temperature up to 15 degrees warmer than an unheated pool, from the end of February until the end of November. The months from December-February are not consistent with this type of heating because days are much shorter and cold fronts are more frequent.


Solar pool heaters use thermal energy from our sun to heat the pool water. The system controls a valve that diverts water away from the pool and to solar collectors whic heat the water. This heated water then flows back into the swimming pool to warm it up.

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Types of Pool Heating

Solar Pool Heating


Triples the swimming season by increasing the pool temperature up to 15 degrees warmer than an unheated pool, from the end of February until the end of November. The months from December-February are not consistent with this type of heating because days are much shorter and cold fronts are more frequent.

Pool Heat Pump


These units are essentially air conditioners that work in reverse. It only requires energy to operate a compressor and a fan motor using low amperage in the process. The most efficient units produce up to 6 times more heat energy than the power it consumes. The average cost is $85-$160 per month.

Pool Gas Heating


Gas is intended for a spill-over spa, which generally holds 500 gallons of water. If you chance heating the pool (10,000-15000 average) you will discover the cost to do so can easily reach $400 for one week of operation.



Solar Pool Heaters - An Explanation


Solar, Gas, and Electric are the only 3 options to heat a pool.


Gas heater costs $2700 and $500-$900 to operate and is the most expensive , that is why you usually see it to heat a 500 gallon spa attached to the pool.
You can drain a 100 gallon tank of propane if used to heat a 10,0000 gallon pool.
The warranties vary from 1-2 years on the heaters.



Heat pump electric costs about $4000+ electric hook up and 100-$200 monthly to operate.
It is much cheaper than gas and allows you to use the pool anytime of the year.
One caveat is you must prepare 4 days in advance to warm up the pool, only if you are NOT running the heater at a set temperature on a regular basis.

The warranties vary 1-2 years on the heaters and usually 5 years on the compressor.



The cost is $3500-$4500 and there is NO operating cost, because it works off the existing pool pump you already operate. It's just one more directional route to send the water before it reaches your pool.
The warranty are 12 years parts and labor on the panels.
The attachment process is key. We use hardware that attaches to the truss system and is slightly elevated from the roof allowing the panel to expand and contract without creating any roof abrasion.

We also provide a guarantee for the roof, against any leaks for the life of the system, because the hardware acts like a sled and allows rain and any fragments to wash away when it rains.
The only caveat is it is not year round at 80 degrees. December through February we call bonus months, because cold fronts are unpredictable and normally if you put on a light sweater, you inclination to want to use the pool isn't as strong.

So March through November is ideal for solar to achieve that 80 degree mark and it accrues heat at a 2-4 degree increase per day. A pool cover is recommended in March and November since we have nightime temperatures that fall into the 50's and can steal the heat from the surface by convection losses.



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Solar pool heating installed on roof in Orlando Florida

How Do Solar Heaters Work?


Explaining the technology and the process:
Everything Solar’s solar pool heating systems work seamlessly with your pool equipment and are fully automated. You set the desired water temperature on the solar control, and when solar energy is available at the solar collectors, an automatic motorised valve diverts the water through the solar collectors and carries the sun’s heat back to the pool.


This process is continued until either the pool’s filter pump shuts off for the day or the desired pool temperature has been accomplished.

After picking up the heat from the collector, the carrier fluid is pumped down to an insulated storage tank, where it can be used immediately or stored for later use. The system can supply a home with hot water drawn from the storage tank, or, with the warmed water flowing through tubes in floors and ceilings, it can provide space heating.


The storage tank allows water heated during sunny periods to be used at night or during cloudy days. If the carrier fluid contains antifreeze to keep it from freezing during cold weather, a heat exchanger is used to transfer the carrier fluid’s heat to water that can be used for domestic purposes.

How Do Solar Pool Heaters Work?


Most solar pool heating systems include the following:

  • A pump – the pump circulates water through the filter and collector and back to the pool
  • A solar collector – the device through which pool water is circulated to be heated by the sun
  • A flow control valve – automatic or manual device that diverts pool water through the solar collector.
  • A filter – removes debris before water is pumped through the collector.

What Is A Solar Heated Pool?


A solar heated pool utilises purpose-built solar panels to absorb heat from solar radiation. Solar pool heating is a convenient and cost effective way of heating your pool from the sun's energy. A solar heated pool is one heated as per your desired temperature, the one you set on your solar heating system. A solar heated pool will be warm so you can utilise the pool to some extent in cooler months and even winters as well. 


Pool water is pumped through the filter and then through the solar collector(s), where it is heated before it returns to the pool. In hot climates, the collector(s) can also be used to cool the pool during peak summer months by circulating the water through the collector(s) at night. 


How Warm Can It Get?


A solar heated pool can reach a temperature of 92 degrees fahrenheit, but remember your body temperature is 98.6 degrees, so you still want to be refreshed, when swimming and not as if you were having a bath.

We find our customers prefer 86 degrees mostly. It is still 12 degrees below body temperature, so it seems to be the sweet spot for most.

How much does it cost to heat a pool in Florida?


The initial investment to install a solar pool heater in Florida is between $3,500 - $4,500 on average and what determines the actual investment is the orientation of the roof, because there is an equation that varies from east, west, and south.


It also varies on the type of controllers you prefer to regulate the temperature to your satisfaction.

Solar Pool Heater Installation


The best outcome of a solar pool heating installation depends on many factors. These factors include trees, roof orientation and desired length of months that you want to add to your existing season.


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Solar Pool Heating Costs


What does a solar pool heating system cost?

A solar pool heating system usually costs between $3500-$4500 and there is NO operating cost, because it works off the existing pool pump you already operate. It's just one more directional route to send the water before it reaches your pool.


The investment can provide a return between 18 months to 3 years, depending on your local fuel costs. They also last longer than gas and heat pump pool heaters. The actual return on investment depends on many factors. Our company provides a free survey that:

  • Checks your site’s solar window
  • Determines the correct system size
  • Evaluates system costs
  • Determines the length of swim season


Comparing Solar With Other Forms of Pool Heating


A solar heating system typically costs from $3,500 to $4,500 installed. But as it lasts for about 10-20 years, it trumps the other systems. It also offers a favorable payback i.e. up to 3 years! Besides, the solar pool heating industry in Florida is mature, having a track record of over 40 (since 1980) years of experience.


Why Choose Solar Pool Heating?

Total solar pool heating  installations are over 1,000,000 in the state of Florida. In fact, it is one of the top markets in the state for this type of solar heating.


A solar heating system for pools is the most ideal form of pool heating. The pool water actually flows through the solar collectors, absorbing heat along the way. These systems use your existing pool equipment and don’t require any additional machinery to be added to your swimming pool. 

The existing pool filter pump can provide flow to the solar panels. The only requirement is that the filter pump needs to be operated during the day, (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM). This is the time your filter should be operated as it’s the time the pool is most likely to be used. 



Benefits of Solar Pool Heaters


You can significantly reduce swimming pool heating costs by installing a solar pool heater. They’re cost-competitive with both gas and the heat pump pool heaters, and they have very low annual operating costs. In all truth, solar pool heating is the most cost-effective use of solar energy in many climates. This system allows you to heat your pool for free. Start enjoying your pool to the fullest and stop worrying about the heating costs. 

Extend your swimming season via a solar heating system. Get started with ‘Everything Solar’ where you are sure to get quality workmanship and custom designs. Switch to solar pool heating for your home and get rid of the hassle of using a traditional heater and operating cost. Other heaters can take hours or days to heat the pool. With solar pool heaters, your pool stays warm and is ready when you are.

Solar pool panels are an eco-friendly way to heat your pool 12° - 15° degrees warmer than normal.




Commercial Solar Pool Heating

Commercial Solar Pool Heating is done much the same way as residential pool heating, but there are a few differnces you should be aware of. Read our in-depth article on everything you need to know about heating a commercial swimming pool with solar energy. Click the link to read more.


Understand in detail what makes a commercial solar water heating system different from its residential counter-parts when you read our extensive article on the subject. Click here to find the answer to questions related to commercial solar water heating systems in Orlando.



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