Usually composed of large dark colored panels that your pool water flows through to be heated by the sun solar heating systems need a rather large area that is exposed to constant sunshine to do their job.
Adding a heater to an inground pool.
This is not to be confused with a gas heater which burns gas or propane to create heat which is then transferred to the pool water passing through the heater.
While adding a pool heater requires an upfront investment it helps you maximize your investment by being able to use your pool for much more.
But what s great about this kind of pool heater is that it produces heat for your pool regardless of the sun.
Heat pumps pull in air from the outside and by use of coils and other instruments heats the air itself which then heats the pool water flowing through the pump.
Similar to gas pool heaters a company may charge 400 500 to install one that you buy online.
If the answer is yes a pool heater is the way to go.
Then they use a low energy process for magnifying the harvested heat and transferring it to your pool water.
If using a 400 000 btu unit it will be 4 therms per hour.
A solar panel heating system circulates pool water through solar panels mounted on the roof and uses solar energy heat from the sun to warm the water as it returns to the pool.
The costs to run your pool heater will depend on your pool size your gas electric rate the temperatures in your area your desired water temperature and whether you cover your pool or not.
Though gas heaters are popular and cheaper upfront they are not considered as energy efficient as a heat pump.
Position the solar pool heater.
A natural gas pool heater is likely to use about 1 therm per hour for a 100 000 btu unit.
An electric pool heater will often be the costliest often costing 450 to 600 to run full time whereas a gas heater can run 200 to 450 per month.
The larger the surface area of the solar panels the more heat they are capable of adding to the pool.
Besides the electrical hook up a pool heat pump needs to be placed on a solid level surface and connected to the pipe coming out of the pool filter and to the pipe going back to the pool.
Natural gas usually costs between 0 80 and 1 10 per therm.
Add a solar heater to your pool.
If using propane 2 to heat the pool it will cost about double that of natural gas.
It sounds complicated but this system is a fairly simple diy project.
Choose a solar heating kit.