The Rewards Of Solar Heating For That Pool

New pool owners relish the joy of a swimming pool in their homes at first, until the onset of cooler months results in cold water that deters them from swimming.  To counter this problem, smart pool owners are turning toward the installation of solar heating units.  Pool owners who want to save money, protect the environment, and get more use out of their pools during the year are capturing the sun’s rays to heat their pools for a minimal amount of money.

Solar heating systems consist of a pump, solar panel, flow control valve, filter, sensor, and number of interconnected tubes.  Basically a solar system transfers water through the network of pipes to the solar collection panels on the roof for heating.  The water also passes through a filter mechanism that prevents dirt and debris from reaching the solar panel.

The water then flows through the flow control valve, which is linked to the sensor.  The sensor determines whether the incoming water at the flow control valve is cooler than the water stored at the panel.  If the water is cooler, then the stored warm water is released into the pool, while the cool water takes its place at the panel to be heated by the sun’s energy.  Alternatively, the valve can be set to run warmer water up through the collection tubes at night to cool the pool in hot climates.

There are many advantages to using solar heating systems.  The solar heating mechanism works on an environmentally friendly, go-green principle which is currently the rage in this environmentally conscious era.  Tapping into solar energy releases no harmful emissions into the atmosphere, nor does it exhaust a valuable resource, unlike electricity-powered heating systems.  There is a little bit of electricity required to operate the pump, but other than that, solar heating systems consume no electricity or gas.

While the initial cost of installing a solar heating system is high, the subsequent savings and low cost in maintaining it, make it economically viable in many homes and clubs.  A solar heating unit will require an initial investment that is approximately the same as the purchase price of conventional heating systems.

After the initial cost, solar heating system relies on free solar power to heat waters, making it definitely more desirable than regular heating systems.  This is because the sun’s energy is both free and abundant.  The price of both gas and electricity will continue to rise as these resources run low and world turmoil affects prices.  Solar power, on the other hand, cannot be consumed or offered at a fee, so the price will remain free.

An efficient operating cost also means that solar power can be used at all times of the year, particularly if the unit is made out of materials that can endure cold temperatures in the winter months.  If the pool waters can be heated during the cold months, more and more people are likely to use the pool in the cold winter months.

Adding solar panels and a solar heating system increases maintenance requirements.  Parts need to be checked, cleaned, and replaced as needed.  Because pools are already maintenance intensive, some people find it simple to add this additional step into their regular pool upkeep routine.  Others are resistant to the extra work.

Solar power can be the perfect solution for pool owners who are looking to save money and be gentle to the environment.  Additionally, pool owners can enjoy increased use of the pool during cold winter months.  Solar heating units are having a huge impact in not only the field of renewable energy, but in the swimming pool field as well.