Could Solar Heating be the energy-saving answer for your inground swimming pool?

Could Solar Heating be the energy-saving answer for your inground swimming pool?

Solar Pool Heater Books

From Solar Industries

Those who are fortunate enough to own an inground swimming pool are familiar with the ongoing energy costs of operation.  Even the newest energy-efficient swimming pool pumps, filters, and heaters can cost alot more to operate than the typical person is anticipating.  Many astute inground swimming pool owners have turned to alternative energy sources and systems to help reduce their costs, such as geothermal, wind, and solar.  This post from Solar Industries gives a nice primer on Solar Heating of swimming pools, and also introduces a book that will give the prospective solar swimming pool heater customer all of the relevant information that they would need to get started.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

A heated pool doubles or triples the swimming season and becomes a pool that is used. The primary reason why many people own a pool is for having fun with family and friends, in a relaxed atmosphere. According to Good Housekeeping magazine a solar pool system adds 100% of it’s cost to the value of the home. In 2004 almost 14 million sq. ft. of solar pool collectors were installed on about 40,000 pools, doubling the 6.7 million sq. ft. produced in 1998. Solar pool heating systems typically use low cost unglazed copolymer collectors. These have a much higher efficiency when they only need to heat large volumes of water a few degrees. The basic components; solar pool collectors, automatic control, diverter valve, and associated sch. 40 PVC pipes are simply added to the existing pool pump, timer and filter. A conventional back-up heater can also be added to backup a solar system. An installed system may vary in price from $2,900 for a 200 sq. ft. pool with 200 sq. ft. of collector area, to $7,500 to $8,000 for an 800 sq. ft. pool with 800 sq. ft. of collector area.

Solar pool heating systems typically take three to five average days to reach their maximum pool temperature and to maintain that temperature. A solar pool heating system can heat your pool 15 degrees F warmer than it would normally be without the system. By also adding a pool blanket or cover, the pool can be heated 18 degrees to 25 degrees F.

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