Solar heating of swimming pools is in fact the most cost effective way of heating your pool and making it ready for a swim in the winter. The fact is, heating the water in a swimming pool can lead to the consumption of a lot of electricity – but with solar power, you can avoid this.
However every swimming pool is different from the other. To achieve optimum use of the solar panels, proper sizing is very important. A pool requires a solar collector area of at least 60% to 100% or sometimes even more of the swimming pool.
The size of the solar panels that you will need will depend on the following factors
· The roof direction – Whether the roof slants towards north, south, or east or the west.
· The swimming pool shape and size. The depth doesn’t matter here.
· Whether the pool is enclosed with trees or screens.
· The geographical location of the area.
· Swimming season.
· Desirable temperature of the pool water.
· Wind conditions.
A typical solar power heater for your swimming pool will consist of a collector subsystem, a circulation subsystem and a control subsystem.
The collector subsystem supplies the necessary number of solar collectors that are required to collect the heat on sunny days and to replace the loss of heat that takes place from the surface of the pool normally.
The circulation subsystem includes plumbing and also includes a motorized 3-way valve and pump. Most pool systems have the check valve in the main line, so the valve may not be needed in the location shown. However, a bypass needs to be provided around the heater for drainage so that damage due to freezing can be avoided. The vacuum relief valve should be placed at the highest point so that air can enter and replace the water so that the collectors can drain out completely when not in circulation.
The control subsystem has of a differential thermostat control to oversee the circulation subsystem. The temperature sensor detects the temperature available at the collector and transmits it to the control unit and then it is compared with the temperature of the pool. If it is higher than the temperature of the water by a predetermined amount, the control unit turns on the collector pump and the water is circulated through the warm collector and delivered to the pool.
Once you have installed solar heating panels for your swimming pool, you can enjoy a relaxing comforting swim every single day of the week without even once worrying about the costs. After all, the sun’s heat comes free of cost!
But to install solar panels for heating up your pool you need to find the right information and instructions that will help you achieve what you want to do. Yes, you can install the solar system yourself – provided you know how to install it and wire it. You will also need to know where to get the parts and the batteries from at an affordable price. Get a guide that will show all this to you step-by-step. You will also need to know about the safety precautions.