Solar Swimming Pool Heaters
Solar swimming pool heaters can help any homeowner reduce the cost of heating their pool. The heaters can be used practically in any climate for both, heating the water (daytime circulating) and cooling the water (nighttime circulating). A DIY mechanically-inclined person may notice that constructing and installing solar swimming pool heaters is quite simple and very affordable.
Solar pool heating systems consist of the following devices: a solar collector (to heat the water), a filter (to remove debris from the water), a pump (to circulate the water from the pool and back via the filter and collector), and a flow valve (manual or automatic device designed to divert the water through the collector). Many homeowners build their own solar collector panels, and mount them on the roof (horizontally) or on the fence (vertically). The system could also include a sensor that would start the water circulating process when the temperature of the water in the pool lowers to a certain level.
Solar collectors are an integral part of the entire system, with the most common types being glazed (with glass) and unglazed collectors. Glazed collectors are more expensive, they capture the heat from the sun better, and they can be used even in temperatures below freezing. Unglazed collectors are cheaper and are generally used in temperatures above freezing (freeze protection can help you to use an unglazed collector in colder weather also).
In order to effectively heat your pool, you will need to calculate the amount of sunlight in your area, determine the size of the system that would efficiently heat your pool, and compare the cost and efficiency of different materials.
Solar swimming pool heaters are very easy to maintain, and they can last for decades if the system is installed and maintained properly. For the most part, you will need to check and maintain the filtering system and the chemical balance of your pool, and clean your collector once in a while (if it is a glazed collector, and if you live in a dry climate with not enough rain for a natural rinse).
As you know, outside air temperature is generally higher than water temperature, as air warms up quicker than water. Solar swimming pool heaters can enable you to swim in your pool on warm days when the water is naturally cooler than air. A powerful system could help a homeowner enjoy their pool for the most part of the year, or even year- round, at the time when other pools become unusable.
Solar pool heaters have some important advantages when compared to regular electric heaters, or when compared to using a pool cover to heat your pool. Solar swimming pool heaters are much more environmentally friendly than regular heaters, as well as they are much more potent in heating the water in comparison to a pool cover. Note that a pool cover can be used together with the solar heater to increase the efficiency of your system.
If you want to start using your pool more, or if you wish to reduce
the cost of heating your pool, you can easily build an affordable solar
pool heating system with the use of common tools and materials, and
most systems will not even require any welding.
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