1. Can I Heat Heat My Inground Pool Using Solar Heating?
The simple answer to this is yes. In fact, an inground pool solar heater is probably the cheapest way to heat your swimming pool even after you take into account purchase and installation costs. Many people can no longer afford to heat their pools using conventional sources of fuel, so solar power could be the answer to their prayers.
2. How Do Inground Pool Solar Heaters Work?
An inground solar pool heater is just like a long hosepipe filled with water and allowed to sit in direct sunshine. As you can imagine, the suns rays would heat up the pipe and that heat would be transferred to the water inside – in the example I’ve just described, the hosepipe is acting as a reasonably efficient solar collector.
Pool water only needs to be heated to a relatively low temperature in order to make it comfortable for swimming, which means this system is fairly straightforward to get working properly so long as you use some good efficient solar collectors. In the majority of installations costs can be reduced because the pool’s existing filtration pump is sufficient to pump the heated water, and separate storage tank is not necessary because the pool itself acts as storage.
3. How Much Does To Install a Solar Heater For Inground Pool?
This depends on many different factors, so it’s difficult to give an accurate estimate. Aspects to take into account include things such as the size of the pool that needs heating, how many months each year the pool is in operation, local building code regulations, and how easy the installation turns out to be.
A ball-park figure for a system to be installed in a relatively high sunshine area is $3,000 – $4,000 per installation. While this might sound like a lot of money initially, using an inground pool solar heater offers one of the quickest payback periods of any solar powered equipment. Depending on how long you heat your pool for now, you should recoup your initial investment in a solar heater for your pool within 4 – 6 years, often much sooner.
4. Will a Pool Cover Save Me Money?
Absolutely – a pool loses the majority of its heat because of evaporation through its surface, and a pool cover is the best way to reduce this evaporation. An added benefit of using a cover is that they also help keep the pool clean which will reduce the amount you have to spend on cleaning, maintenance and chemicals.
In conclusion, while installing an inground pool solar heater system does require a fairly large initial outlay, that investment will be recouped in a few short years. In addition to that, you are reducing your carbon footprint by not burning fossil fuels to heat your pool and are helping reduce the impact that we all have on our planet.