Whatever your reason for wanting or needing a heated pool, you should be aware of all your options. There are three main types of pool heaters – gas pool heaters, solar pool heaters, and pool heat pumps. In this post, we’ll focus on what you need to know about solar pool heaters.
Solar pool heaters operate by pumping water from the pool to the filter, partially redirecting that water through the solar collectors that then warm it up before it is returned to the pool.
There are two groups of solar heaters. Unglazed collectors are sturdy rubber panels or plastic panels that have an ultraviolet inhibitor. Glazed collectors are made from copper tubing on an aluminum plate with an iron-tempered glass covering. Despite being made from heavy-duty rubber or plastic, the unglazed collectors aren’t as durable as the glazed collectors. But according to OpenEI unglazed collectors are less expensive than glazed ones. Regardless of price or durability, both have freeze protection for use in colder weather regions.
Solar pool heating systems range from $3,000 to $4,000 for both the purchase and the installation. The solar collectors need a lot of backyard space. The surface area of the heater should be at least 75% of your pool surface area, up to 100%, depending on whether or not you keep your pool open year-round. You’ll also need to ensure you have the right size pool pump to match your solar heating system.
The benefits of solar pool heating systems are that they work well for heating pools in warm climates, they don’t cause air pollution, they save enough energy that they pay for the installation, they use a free energy source, they don’t cost a lot to operate, and they will work for 15-20 years.
The problems with solar pool heating systems are that they require a lot of direct sunlight to work, they heat the pool water very gradually, they cost a lot up front, they take up backyard space, and they aren’t particularly pleasing to the eye.
Be aware of your yard space and, if necessary, roof space, and consider that when researching sizes of solar collectors. Also be aware of your property space and whether or not it’s adequate for a solar pool heater.
If you’re looking for assistance with a pool heater or another pool service such as or cleaning, maintenance, or repair, please visit the Arrow Pool contact page to submit a form, or call us at (610) 731-7665.