Are you considering extending your swimming season by installing a pool heater? Ask my green guru on geothermal, Jay Egg.
As Pool heaters are a great idea for both residential and community pools. They allow swimmers to take a nice, relaxing dip in the pool even on the coldest of days.
There are four options when selecting a pool heater:
Gas/propane pool heaters
Air source heat pumps
Solar heat pumps
Geothermal pool heat pumps
When selecting a pool heater you want to consider price of installation, cost of use, ability to heat, and how often you plan to use it.
Solar Swimming Pool Heaters
Solar swimming pool heaters are priced competitively. They use a renewable source of energy, so you can feel good about your purchase. They are larger than any of the other units and require space for the solar panels. Additionally, they are unable to heat very cold water and they are dependent on the amount of sunlight available on a given day.
There are four main components of a solar pool heater:
* Solar collector – the device through which pool water is circulated to be heated by the sun
* Filter – removes debris before water is pumped through the collector
* Pump – circulates water through the filter and collector and back to the pool
* Flow control valve – device that diverts pool water through the solar collector.
Pool water is pumped through the filter and then to the solar collector(s), usually located on the roof of a home. The water is heated by solar rays and then returned to the pool. Solar heaters usually last, with proper maintenance, for 10 – 20 years which is longer than gas heaters and heat pumps. The initial cost of a solar pool heater is $3,000 – $5,000 after installation.