Frequently Asked Questions
(That Tell You Solar Pool Heating is the Right Choice)
Why would I want my pool heated?
You probably bought your pool for many reasons - family fun, entertaining friends, exercise, those quiet relaxing moments, or even therapeutic reasons. You spent a lot of time making the design to invest in a quality pool, furniture, fencing, and accompanying items that go along with a pool. You are, of course, expecting to get the most out of your pool. But, if your pool is frequently too cold to swim in comfortably, you are not realizing the full benefit of your significant investment. Solar pool heating can effectively.
In simple terms, how does a solar pool heater work?
Swimming Pool Solar Heater works by using the existing pump that circulates water through your filter, pool water is diverted so that it flows through the many small passages of the solar collector (or, "panel"). While passing through the solar collector, water is warmed by the sun, before returning directly back into the pool. When your pool has reached your desired comfort level, the solar collectors are bypassed and pool water is circulated as usual.
Is a solar pool heater simple to operate?
Yes - most solar pool heating systems are completely automatic and are as easy to operate as any fossil-fuel heater. Simply select your desired high-limit temperature and the solar system will do the rest. Pool water will automatically divert to the solar collectors if there is a) enough solar thermal energy at the location of the collectors and b) when the pool's desired temperature has not been reached. Solar pool heaters are compatible with the latest in pool automation technology.
How well does solar energy heat a pool?
Solar energy is just another fuel with which to heat your pool. A properly designed solar pool system can achieve the same results as other fuels. On days when you can relax comfortably in a bathing suit at poolside, but the water is too cold for swimming, solar energy can heat your pool to a comfortably temperature.
What is the best type of collector to use to heat my pool?
Unlike other solar pool heating systems that use tubes "welded" to each other or "loose tubes," Solar Industries Solar Pool Heating Collectors use a patented tube-and-curved-web design that relieves stress caused by expansion and contraction. Solar Industries solar collectors are engineered with a direct-flow manifold that delivers optimal flow without causing harmful back-pressure on your filtration system. Other collectors that use a sub-plenum create back pressure that reduces your filtration system performance and lifespan. Our proven solar pool heaters design has been in continuous operation for more than 35 years, making Solar Industries the number one choice in satisfied swimming pool owners around the world.
Do the solar collectors have to face south and be mounted on my roof?
Not necessarily - though Solar Industries collectors are generally roof-mounted, they should be installed where they can be in the sun a good portion of the day. Depending on the angle of the mounting surface, east- and west-facing systems can function equally as well.
What if I have a gas heater or heat pump?
Your Solar Industries Solar Pool Heater will work alongside your existing fossil-fuel heater. A "hybrid solar pool heater" uses solar as the main source of heat and a gas heater or heat pump as a backup heater, if needed. With a hybrid solar pool heater, you can have the "best of both worlds" when it comes to keeping your pool at a comfortable temperature.
How much does it cost to heat your pool?
You have a considerable investment in owning and maintaining your swimming pool. The question should be - "what is it worth to me to have a warm comfortable pool that I can enjoy all the benefits of, more often?" A Solar Industries Solar Pool Heater will pay for itself in as little as two years. After that, you'll be collecting dividends in the form of free heat year after year by simply choosing to use a pool solar heater.
Has the cost of solar heating come down?
The use of solar collectors for swimming pool heating has always been the most widely used, cost-effective use of solar energy. Solar pool heating collectors are made from a special copolymer derived from fossil-fuels. As the cost of those fossil-fuels rise, so does the cost of manufacturing and installation of a solar pool heating system. The sooner you invest in a solar pool heating system, the more you will save and the quicker you can enjoy swimming in your own heated pool without the ever-increasing costs of a fossil-fuel heater.