How To Build Your Solar Pool Heater

A solar pool heating system allows you and your household to enjoy your swimming pool or outside medspa for a greater part of the year. Into spring and autumn. And into cooler evenings and early mornings. When others are shivering!

There are 4 ways to warm your swimming pool

Electric heating system
Gas, normally a gas heating unit
Utilizing a swimming pool cover
Solar pool heating unit

The solar solution is best. It’s cheap to run and you do not add to greenhouse gas emissions. A guilt-free time in your conveniently warm pool or outdoor health spa! Why not.

An industrial swimming pool heating system can cost you up to $2000. You can develop your own at a small portion of that expense.

Simply look around on the web for guides that offer you clear directions of how to develop your system. There are a number of.

Make certain to try to find these essential elements a minimum of, in any guide you buy:

A clear list of products with detailed instructions
Materials need to be simple to source in your area and be low-cost
No requirements for complicated engineering, electrical abilities or welding
Clear diagrams
Some troubleshooting recommendations

How do solar pool heating systems work?

They run on a passive solar principle.

Just, swimming pool water goes through long lengths of flexible tubing. These are suspended in front of reflectors to receive and send the sun’s heat to the water in the tubing. The tubing must be protected, state with polythene sheeting, from any wind chill.

The reflectors can be constructed out of halved storm water piping, sprayed with chrome paint to maximise their reflective powers. To circulate this warmed water through your pool or day spa you will require a small pond pump or solar electrical pump. The latter is more costly, but obviously you will help the environment and your wallet by spending a bit more to start with.

One guide recommends that minimum pump specifications must be that it provides 10 litres per minute (120 gals/hour) and can raising water to 1.6 m (5’2″).

All components, containing tubing, reflectors and cover, are put together into a photovoltaic panel. Its ideal size depends upon maximum dimensions for ease of handling, structural stability and heating effectiveness. Obviously more than one panel can be used. A health club would not require a big panel. But then again … some like it hot!
In general, a panel determining 3.4 m (11′ 4″) by 1.4 m (4′ 8″) is effective on swimming pools up to 30,000 litres (6000 gal).

Panels need to be placed in such a way to maximise receipt of the sun’s rays. It’s finest to have them deal with the sun’s mid day position. Place them vertically on a fence or horizontally on your roofing.

To reconcile your solar swimming pool heating system, it makes sense to use it with a solar blanket. However this is not generally needed to take advantage of your now upgraded asset – your swimming pool or spa.

Give it a go! Your family will thank you for it.