If you are planning on
building a new pool, then maybe it would be best to purchase a set of
solar pool heater plans. However, it is not completely necessary as
there as many products which can be purchased to cheaply heat your pool
with the heat from the sun. We’ll take a look at some of the different
ways to heat your pool with the sun and it’s possible to use one or all
of these methods in combination to most effectively heat your pool
Different Methods for
Solar Pool Heating
One of the most important
things to understand when heating your pool with solar energy is that
all of your heat will be quickly lost without an adequate insulating
cover or a liquid
solar blanket. A basic pool cover will help to stop the loss
heat, although it will not generate heat itself. With a solar
cover, you can absorb the sun’s heat and turn your pool
into a large
solar thermal collector.
There are hundreds of
different solar pool covers available online, and you can be almost
guaranteed to find one to fit your pool, no matter its size or shape.
The first step to any good solar pool heater plan is to find a high
quality solar pool cover to ensure that you not only reduce the amount
of heat loss, but that you will also be able to raise the temperature
of your pool
at the same time.
Solar pool heating panels
are usually installed on the roof and appear very similar to
traditional photovoltaic solar panels. However, these panels use your
pool’s own pump and filter system to move the water from the pool
through these panels. The panels themselves contain thin pipes where
the water moves through and is heated.
The panels are usually
unglazed, meaning that they are not covered in glass so they are much
cheaper than PV solar panels. Unglazed panels are much cheaper,
although they should not
be used in areas where it might freeze. If you
live in a climate where the temperature drops below freezing point,
then you have to either purchase glazed solar pool panels
or take your
unglazed panels down before it freezes to ensure that they don’t
rupture or crack.
You can use these panels
to completely heat your pool, although then it will be necessary to
devote a large amount of space to the panels. It’s normally recommended
that the panels cover over half of the space that the pool itself
covers. These systems can usually be installed fairly easily, and can
be connected directly to your pool’s existing pump system.
Normally, the panels
placed on the roof of your home for in-ground pools. If you have an
above-ground pool, you can also find solar pool panels that can be
placed directly next to
your pool and start heating it in minutes.
Either way, the entire system can be installed by yourself fairly
easily, although be sure to take care when installing the panels on
your roof and always check with your local regulations before
performing any construction.
One of the best brands of
solar pool panels are designed by Sunquest,
and can usually be purchased online for around $160 for a set of four
20 foot panels.
Solar Pool Panel System is one of the
most durable and can easily
be installed either on the ground or on the roof. It's perfect for
both above ground and in-ground pools.
There are other types of
heaters available which work in a similar way to the solar
pool heating panels. These heaters usually consist of a large coil of
black PVC pipe which is attached to a solid base. The majority of these
products are usually smaller than three feet by three feet and can be
placed directly next to your pool.
They function in basically
the same way as solar pool heating panels: water is pumped through the
black PVC coils which absorb heat from the sun and transfer it to the
water. Their coil design also makes them require much less space than
solar pool panels, while still being just as effective at heating your
installing one of these heaters, you can raise the temperature of your
pool by up to five degrees Fahrenheit a week, and you can install as
many of these heaters as you need because they can be simply and
quickly linked together. The majority of this type of solar pool heater
is can usually be purchased for somewhere between $150 and $350, which
makes these heaters one of the cheapest and most efficient ways of
using sunlight to heat your pool.
Game is the most reliable
manufacturer of solar pool heaters. Their best, but also the
most expensive heater is the GAME
normally retails for around $350. The GAME
is also a decent heater that is a bit smaller and only costs around
$150, although you’d be much better paying the extra money for the 4513
is you can afford it.
One of the newer types of
solar pool heating on the market today are solar pool rings or discs.
These products consist of plastic rings which can be attached together
and are meant to be a replacement for a pool cover.
These rings consist
of two separate plastic rings, one of which heats the air up in the
other ring and then transfers the heat to the water in your
They are designed to be
used on at least eighty percent of your pool’s surface, and are a
decent way to slowly heat up the temperature of your pool, although
they are much less effective than a traditional solar pool
Nonetheless, you can
interlock the rings together, usually with a
magnet, and this allows you the ability to only cover part of your
pool’s surface and still maintain a useable amount of space in the pool
while still generating heat. Homevisions Solar
are the most reliable of these rings. They normally cost around $30 for
one sixty inch diameter ring or $110 for a set
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