How Does a Solar Heated Pool Work?


Why Use Solar?

  • A solar heated swimming pool uses the sun to heat the pool water. Traditionally pools heating systems use natural gas or electric water swimming pool heaters. The utility costs to run these heaters are expensive. Using solar heating can save a lot of money.

    Solar pool heating systems can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000 to have professionally installed, depending on the size of the system. For a pool that is kept heated year round, the price of a solar pool system will pay for itself within a few years.

How a Solar Swimming Pool Heating System Works

  • A solar swimming pool heating system heats water in solar water collectors. The solar water collectors are placed in an area that receives a lot of daily sun. The swimming pool water pump sucks water out of the pool, pushes it into the solar water collector, and brings it back into the pool. The solar water collector is a hollow solar panel that gets hot when exposed to the sun. The water that runs through the collector picks up some of the heat from the collector, which warms up the water.

Where Solar Pool Heating Systems Work Best

  • Solar swimming pool heating systems need sun to work. Areas like Florida and California that experience a lot of sunny weather are prime candidates for solar pool heating. Solar pool heating systems do not work well in cold areas that do not have a lot of sunny weather.

Solar Pool Covers

  • Solar pool covers can be useful in keeping a pool warm. Uncovered swimming pools lose heat during the cool nighttime hours. A solar pool cover helps to keep the heat in the pool during the cool hours and it actually increases the water temperature during the hot daytime hours. Solar pool covers attract the sun, get hot, and transfer the heat to the pool water.

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