In 2017, the global solar market grew by an impressive 29.3%, illustrating just how prevalent this type of energy is rapidly becoming. As renewable energy becomes a more popular and accessible option for Americans, more and more homeowners are exploring the idea of solar installation. But did you know that solar panels can do more than power your electricity needs inside your home? They can also provide all the power you need outside — like when heating your home swimming pool.
How Do Solar Heaters for Swimming Pools Work?
First, let’s briefly discuss how swimming pool solar heating systems work. Like with other types of solar systems, your pool heating system will have a solar collector — a panel device that’s typically mounted on your home’s roof (or another structure) to collect the sunlight. The water from your pool is pumped through a filter and then passed through tubes in the solar collectors on the roof. The filter also removes any debris from the water prior to the water being pumped through the collectors. The system also features flow control valves to divert the pool water where it needs to go. Once the water goes through the solar collectors, it’s heated with the thermal energy collected from the sun. It’s then returned to the pool, creating the perfect temperature for swimming. Solar collectors can actually be used to cool down the pool water, if needed, by circulating the water during the evening.
What Are the Benefits of Swimming Pool Solar Heating?
Although the cost of purchasing and installing a pool heating system from your solar company will likely be more upfront than what you could expect with a traditional pool heater, the financial benefits become obvious in the long term. Not only will you reduce your energy costs associated with heating your pool during the summer months, but you’ll also be using a more durable product with a longer lifespan. In other words, you won’t have to repair or replace your heater for the foreseeable future. Properly installed solar heaters can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years, which means you can keep costs low and get more out of your property.
Of course, there’s also the sustainability angle. As long as your solar collectors are able to harvest enough sunlight, you can drastically reduce the amount of electricity needed to keep your pool at a comfortable temperature. That’s a money saver, to be sure, but it can also help you to reduce your carbon footprint. The less dependent you are on the power grid, the greener a lifestyle you can lead. Plus, you won’t have to rely on a utility company to keep swimming. If a blackout should occur during the summertime, your family can keep on splashing uninterrupted.
How Do You Select a Solar Heater?
If you’re exploring available options for swimming pool solar heating, it’s generally a good idea to work with a Sonoma solar provider. Buying a swimming pool solar system online may not come with a complete package (and you will likely still need expert help to install it). What’s more, assessing the needs of your specific site will require some personalization, as there are different sizes, orientations, and local regulations to consider. When you contact a Sonoma solar installation provider about their available swimming pool solar heating options, you’ll be able to compare costs and obtain some professional recommendations.
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