A solar hot water system for your pool will include a solar collector, a filter, a pump, and a flow control valve. Water from your pool is pumped through the filter and sent through the solar collector to be heated before reentering the pool. In hot climates, the same process can be used to cool pool water, by operating during nighttime hours.
Sizing the solar hot water system for use with your pool will depend on a number of factors. The size of the pool, desired water temperature and length of swimming season, your pool cover, and average temperatures in your area must be considered. This information will help determine the size of your solar collector and pump.
With a traditional gas or electric pool heater, the costs may be prohibitive. The U.S. Department of Energy states that the cost to heat the average residential pool using these methods is around $2,000.00 per year. While the installation costs may be more affordable initially, they’ll cost you year after year.
After installation, these solar hot water systems have low annual operating costs, allowing you to recoup installation costs in just a few years. Heating your pool using solar energy will allow you to enjoy your pool without worrying about operation costs.
Smith Sustainable Design can design and install a solar hot water system to heat your pool. Enjoy comfortable temperatures and a drastic reduction in operating costs by using the sun’s natural energy instead of your current gas or electric pool heater. Planning to install a pool soon? We can help you harness solar energy to heat your pool from the first day forward. Contact us today to discuss your needs.