Benefits of Solar Pool Heating
Have you ever thought about heating your pool using the energy of the sun?
The heating of water for any domestic use is a major user of electrical energy, and none more so than the
When your current source of this is from a utility company dependent on non renewable fuels for generation, then
there are two main reasons why solar power is an attractive alternative.
Firstly, the price of electricity continues to rise as demand increases and the cost of generation matches this
Secondly, there are effects on the environment by the forms of generation creating pollution through the burning
of fossil fuels, and damage to the areas where mining and oil exploration continue.
The form of energy that will never run out for mankind is that generated by the sun, and it is free to be used
by anyone with a few resources and simple DIY skills.
Solar powered systems have been around for decades, but those using photovoltaic cells for collection and new
efficient batteries for storage are making this an even more attractive alternative for the home.
For solar pool heating there are several options, and the simplest is to cover the pool with a thermal
insulation unit which prevents heat loss and evaporation.
There are types of blankets offered by swimming pool suppliers which actually absorb heat and release this into
the pool while it is being used. Even low tech options such as coiled black polythene pipe,in combination with a
small pump to circulate the water, will work to absorb solar energy and maintain the water heat during the day.
The higher tech option is to add a solar collector into the current filtration system your pool uses. Between
the filter and the return to the pool, a solar panel can be installed to heat water on the way back.
Sounds simple and it is. In fact for the average DIY enthusiast and a few materials from the hardware store,
your current system can be adapted in a matter of hours.
Of course you need to examine how well-placed your home is for collecting the sun but you don't need to have a
location right alongside your pool. An unshaded area facing due south with an area roughly the same size as the
pool's surface is required.
Some situations just don't get enough sun so maybe you should consider a combination of solar and wind power
generation system? This will also give you the additional power to drive the circulation pumps raising the water to
the level of the roof installed panels.
To be really efficient, a diverter that only allows circulation while the sun is shining is the most effective
way to keep the pool warm and a cut off switch with thermostat to prevent release during the cool of night.
Generally, the type of panels required for building your own
solar heating pools do not need the complicated circuitry and glass construction essential for generating
electricity from the sun.
Panels of black composite material, usually rubber, will be needed but there are recycled plastic panels
becoming available that are eco-friendly as well. The benefits of DIY solar
pool heaters are that you can use the pool over a longer period of time which makes the installation of a pool
that much more attractive.
A solar powered pool warming system will add value to your home at a time when conventional heating costs are
becoming prohibitive. Choosing a solar heating system may mean the difference between adding a pool to your new
home and removing an existing one to save money.
The choice is yours, but at least solar power is an environmentally correct decision.
For an easy guide to creating your own solar panels, take a look at Earth 4 Energy: