A Solar Heating System Consists of:
- A solar collector: A device through which pool water is circulated to be heated by the sun.
- A filter: A filter removes debris before water is pumped through the collector.
- A pump: The pump circulates water through the filter and collector and back to the pool.
- A flow control valve: An automatic or manual device that diverts pool water through the solar collector.
A Word of WarningBefore you buy and install a solar pool heating system, you first need to consider your site’s solar resource. The efficiency and design of a solar pool heater depends on how much of the sun’s energy reaches your building site. However, if your building site has unshaded areas and generally faces south, it’s a good candidate for a solar pool heating system. Installation will involve unrolling the chosen solar panels and securing them to a flat surface. You will face them southerly ensuring that the area gets 4-8 hrs of uninterrupted daily sun. If actual solar panels are either out of the budget, or too complicated, try these genius solar heating projects.
Just How Much Heat Are We Talkin’?A solar heating systems can add 15° F (or more) to your pool. This, of course, depends mainly on sun exposure and solar panel size, and/or square footage.
Is this DIY Project For You?It’s totally up to you! If you are feeling adventurous and want to create your own solar heating system it can be very rewarding. If you’d like to leave it up to the experts, Premier Pools & Spas can help you with that, just ask! Find a top quality pool construction expert in your local area now! So, what are you waiting for?
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