Making your backyard swimming pool more energy-efficient isn’t just about being more environmentally friendly — although, that’s a pretty good reason in itself. Energy-efficiency is also about saving money. I don’t know many people who wouldn’t like to keep a little more green in their pockets, especially considering our current economic challenges.
The first post in this series of 4 posts recommended Solar Pool Covers as one way to increase your pool’s efficiency. In this second post, the subject is Solar Pool Heaters.
2. Solar Pool Heater
A second way to create an energy-efficient pool is to use a Solar Pool Heater. Solar heaters provide another way of taking advantage of the sun’s free energy. Solar Heaters are tremendously efficient, cheap to operate, and are the ultimate in environmental friendliness. When combined with a solar pool cover, a Solar Pool Heater will maintain a comfortable water temperature well into the cooler months.
Most solar pool heating systems include the following elements:
- A solar collector — Pool water is circulated through this device so that it can be heated by the sun;
- A filter — Debris is removed in the filter before water is pumped through the collector;
- A pump — Pool water is circulated through the filter and collector and back to the pool thanks to the pump;
- A flow control valve — Pool water is diverted through the solar collector through this automatic or manual device.
Solar Pool Heaters are much more affordable than you might expect, too. Of course, whatever money is spent on purchasing new equipment initially is quickly returned in energy savings.
Now that 2011 is coming to a close, have you started thinking about what your New Year’s resolutions will be? If you own a backyard swimming pool, will any of those resolutions include a plan to open up your pool sooner in 2012 rather than waiting until the swimming season has long begun?
Part of what makes this kind of resolution successful is to start planning early for opening the pool. Take the time now to check your existing stock of pool chemicals, and keep an eye out for off-season sales so you can nab these necessities at the best prices.
Take a look, too, at your pool equipment to evaluate whether it may be time to replace or upgrade items like the pool pump, pool heater, or pool covers. Test your pool alarm while you’re at it to be sure that it is still in good working order.
New Year’s resolutions like these can be accomplished easily and with little stress involved, especially if you enlist the help of family members. Make a short list of tasks you’d like to accomplish in order to get your pool opened in a timely fashion, and stick to it. Before you know it, the warm weather will return, and you’ll be ready to relax by the poolside instead of scrambling to complete pool-opening tasks.
If you are looking for a way to heat your pool this fall, you have probably checked out our solar heating options. They are great for increasing temperatures 10-15 degrees, making fall swimming possible. So what if you want to keep your pool open during the colder winter months? Pool heat pumps are a fantastic heating option for cold weather swimming. They draw heat from the surrounding air to warm pool water and will function in very low temperatures. Automatic defrost allows heating with outside temperatures as low as 35 degrees! They are also much less expensive to operate than natural gas heaters. You will be pleased all around with the efficiency and power of a pool heat pump.
People come up with unique solutions to all of their problems when the economy is bad. Many two car families have started car pooling and eliminated the payment and gas for a second car. Most people are eating out less often and almost everyone has stopped impulse shopping. One of the wildest stories to come out of the recession comes from the city of Redditch in Britain. Sharp spending cuts have forced the city to consider alternate ways to heat their community swimming pool. Their solution? Diverting waste heat from the local crematory to the next door leisure center, where the pool is located! It’s a very innovative solution, to say the least!
Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on a crematorium to save you money when heating your pool. Pool heaters are more affordable than ever before. Whether you choose gas, propane, heat pumps, or solar, you will be able to find a money saving option that will allow your family to swim earlier in the beginning of the season and longer at the end of the season. You can maintain the perfect water temperature no matter what season.
Source: Burns, John F. “Britain: Crematory to Heat Swimming Pool.” The New York Times Online. 9 Feb. 2011. Web. 15 April 2011.
When you finally get to open your pool this summer, waiting for it to warm up can be almost unbearable. You have waited the long fall and winter months to be able to enjoy your pool again and want it to warm up quickly. Using the sun’s warmth, you can quickly raise the temperature in your above ground pool 10-15 degrees with a solar pool cover. Solar covers are a perfect way to swim sooner and extend your pool season longer. They also cut chemical evaporation by up to 95%, saving you money! Clear and light blue solar blankets capture warmth and help it penetrate the water, heating it quickly and thoroughly. They are an affordable solution to traditional pool heater. While solar covers are easy to apply and remove on their own, you can make this process completely effortless with solar pool cover reel. You simply turn the crank to roll and store your solar cover when not in use. Solar covers and reels are the perfect (and easy way) to warm your pool for earlier swimming.