Solar Pool Heating – Is it the right option for you?
February 12, 2019
Deciding upon the ideal pool heater can be a difficult choice. The options include electric pool heaters, gas pool heaters, heat pumps and solar pool heaters. An electric or gas pool heater is relatively inexpensive to purchase, however, over the long run is more expensive to operate, not as durable or environmentally friendly, and not as energy efficient as a solar pool heater. A heat pump has a relatively inexpensive monthly operating cost, however, it still uses electricity to transfer heat to the pool, is relatively expensive to purchase and not as cost effective over the long run. A solar pool heater may be a relatively expensive initial investment but has a higher return on investment over the long term with minimal maintenance and operating costs along with long warranties on the equipment. The solar pool heater also operates with the pump you already have with your pool.
How does it work? The pump circulates water up into the solar collectors where they are warmed by the sun and then back into your pool.
The typical area of roof space needed for a solar pool heater is about half the sq ft area of your pool. A solar pool heater is a great choice for you if your home has a roof that is south, east or west facing with partial or minimal shade being ideal.
A solar pool heating system is one of the most cost effective and environmentally friendly ways to heat your pool. A solar pool heater typically costs between $4,000 - $5000 to purchase and has a payback period between 1.5 to 7 years depending on the cost of fuel and electricity in your area. We hope you decide to make this wonderful investment for your home!