FAQs For Solar Pool Heating Systems

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FAQs For Solar Pool Heating Systems

Why are solar pool heating systems popular?
Solar pool heating systems use a tremendous amount of energy. In fact, heating swimming pools can be the largest use of energy in a home.  Solar pool heating systems are one of the most cost-effective ways of heating pools and using one yourself, instead of alternatives, will significantly reduce your energy consumption.  Solar heaters have been used in swimming pools for more than three decades.  A solar pool heating systems is one of the best investments you can make for yourself and the planet.

Do solar pool heating systems really heat pools?
Depending on weather and climatic conditions, a typical solar pool heater can raise the temperature in a pool by 5 – 15 degrees Fahrenheit over a couple of days. A system that is sized correctly can effectively maintain temperatures well into the 80°F range.  Occasionally weather conditions may cause the water in your pool to become cooler, however, a little bit of sunny weather will quickly return your pool back to a comfortable temperature.  The effectiveness of solar pool heater also depends on how the size of the collector system and where and how it has been installed.

Can solar pool heating systems cool pools in summer?
When heating your pool, the outside air is hotter than your pool water so the heat flows from the air to the water. During the summer, especially in arid climates, the night air is typically cooler than the water in your pool.  So at night the heat flows in the other direction, from the water to the night air, just like a radiator is used to cool the engine in a car.

Can a solar heating system be used to heat my house?
Solar pool heaters are designed to transfer heat to your pool water. Heating your home typically involves heating (or cooling) the air, which is entirely a different process.

How much do solar pool heating systems cost?
The cost of a solar pool heating systems varies based on the size of the pools. Most systems are modular so that you can start small and add on later if the heating capacity does not meet your needs.  Where you install the solar collectors will also affect the cost of the system.

How much money can I save?
The amount of money you will save heating your pool with a solar pool heating system will vary on how warm you keep your pool. In most cases, pool owners that have been heating with natural gas will save enough money to pay for a solar heating system in two to three years.

How much do solar pool heating systems cost to operate?
A solar heater takes advantage of the energy provided by the sun. So there is no cost to heat the water.  To capture the heat the pool pump must circulate water through the collectors, and obviously the pump needs energy to operate.  So the only cost associated with using a solar pool heater is the cost to run the pool pump when you wish to heat the pool.

What happens on cloudy or rainy days?
Water has a tremendous capability to hold heat. So a single cloudy or rainy day will not significantly impact the temperature of your pool.  While the water in the pool will cool down some, it will quickly return to a comfortable temperature after the clouds go away.  Think about how long asphalt stays hot on a summer day. You might have  noticed that an asphalt road stays warm well into the night.

Do I still need to use a pool cover?
A pool cover helps to keeps the water in your pool from cooling at night and will also help to prevent water loss from evaporation. The cover traps the solar heat that has been added during the day, and makes maintaining a comfortable temperature in your pool much easier.

How much maintenance do solar pool heating systems need?
Solar pool heating systems require very little maintenance after they are installed. Most systems have electronic controls that make it possible for you to even forget that you are using a solar heater.  If you live in a cold environment, you will need to drain the water in the collectors to prevent damage from freezing.

Can I install it myself?
You might want to think twice about this. While the technical side should pose no challenge for the average weekend warrior, falling off a roof could hurt or even kill you.

How long will a solar heater last?
Solar pool heaters are made of materials that can last from 20 to 25 years. Warrantees typically run for ten years or more.

Please continue reading my Solar Swimming Pool Heating – 3 Product Review and visit my Solar Pool Heater Store.
Also, see my other review posts for this green living product: 

Ten best features of solar swimming pool heating.

How solar swimming pool heating works.

What makes a solar pool heating systems green.

Solar swimming pool heating tips and tricks

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