If you hate having to give up swimming once the summer is over, a heated pool might be just the right thing for you. But, what kind should you use? You can choose gas, electric or solar energy to heat your pool, but is one choice better than the other? Well, that depends on a lot of things, including what part of the world you live in, what climate you live in and how large your pool. But, solar energy is a pretty good choice for many pool owners.
How does a solar pool heater work? Well, water is pumped through a solar collector where it is heated by the sun and then pumped back into the pool. Some models even have temperature sensors which shut off the heating process if the water is already warm enough.
Reduced energy costs
It costs about the same to buy a solar pool heating system as it does for a gas or electric system. However, it costs much less to operate a solar pool system. Studies have shown that homeowners who invest in solar heaters usually make that money back in about two to seven years.
Use Your Pool Year-Round
If your pool is heated, you don’t have to shut it down for half the year and let it sit useless. You can use it in the summer and in the winter. That means you can exercise more, entertain more and get the most out of your investment.
Solar heating systems don’t require much maintenance and are pretty durable. As a matter of fact, solar heating systems can last up to 20 years with very little maintenance. Electric and gas heating systems must be checked yearly – however, that’s not necessary with solar heat.
The sun is probably one of the most renewable energy sources there are. With solar heat, you don’t have to rely on using up dwindling fossil fuels or anything else that could damage to the environment. You are off the grid – doing something to help the earth rather than hurt it.
Keeps your Pool Comfortable
A warm pool means happy, comfortable swimmers. Even on hot days, a pool that is too cold can be unappealing to you and your guests. People want fun, not blue noses and toes. With a solar-heated pool, you and your guests will be sure to swim happily for a long time.
There are lots of reasons to look at solar energy as a way to heat your pool. Find a trusted pool professional and get started today!
Lisa is a Redbeacon Contributer and delivers expert knowledge and know-how for home improvement projects. With almost 10 years’ writing experience, she is able to deliver handy guides for solving household problems.