Whether you have a large swimming pool, a spa or an outside hot-tub, keeping it at a comfortable bathing temperature can be an expensive business. But doing so doesn’t have to break the bank, because adding a Solar Pool Heating System to your pool installation can bring the energy bill down to almost zero!
So long as your pool is outside, you can take full advantage of a simple and inexpensive heating system to raise the temperature of your pool water by around 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit, thereby extending your annual swimming season possibly up to 4 months in many cases.
Because solar heating systems are very efficient in heating a large amount of water by a relatively small amount, this makes them ideal for the job of heating a pool. By using the free power of the sun, as opposed to an electric or gas powered generator, you not only cut your bills, but your greenhouse gas emissions as well. All in all it’s a win-win situation.
So How Does a Solar Pool Heating System work?
A solar pool heating system is an incredibly simple method of heating the pool water. Using just a single or multiple flat plate solar collectors, optional filter, some tubing and a pump, the water can be constantly heated throughout the day when the sun is shining. The water is drawn from the pool into the normal filter system, but before it’s returned back into the pool, it then passes through or over the flat plate collector which is where the magic begins. Here, the system uses the immense heat generated by the sun to heat the water before it’s returned into the pool.
And, unlike any other type of water heating system, there is no need for a storage tank, as the swimming pool itself acts as the hot water storage tank or water reservoir. The size and number of flat plate collectors needed will be dependent on the area of your pool, the volume of water and how hot you want it to be.
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