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.
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.
Now is the time to consider extending your swimming season with a pool heater. You can make your investment last months longer each season. There are several kinds of pool heaters to choose from. The three basic types are solar heaters, gas/propane heaters, and heat pumps. Solar heaters allow you take advantage of the sun’s natural energy. Solar panels are virtually free to operate and super efficient. They are also environmentally friendly. Gas and propane heaters also offer excellent heating capacity. They represent a smaller upfront cost than solar heating so they are great for those on a tighter budget. They are perfect for a water temperature that is consistently comfortable and inviting. Heat pumps take heat from the air and transfer it to the pool water. This makes the heating process ecologically safe, clean, and cost-effective. Heat pumps operate even in the most frigid temperatures for warm water year round. No matter what kind of heating you choose, preparing now will ensure that you are swimming for months to come!
Who says you can’t swim once the traditional swimming season has passed? With a pool heater or heat pump, you can enjoy swimming in comfortable water for many weeks, or more, after your neighbors have already hung up the towel. Additionally, when other swimming pool owners are waiting for the Spring weather to warm up so they can open their pools, you can be enjoying the luxury of a pleasant Spring time swim.
The most environmentally friendly options for warming your water include Solar Pool Heaters and Heat Pumps:
Solar Pool Heaters, which take advantage of the sun’s rays, are a “green” choice for warming your pool water. Solar Heaters are efficient and inexpensive to operate. When combined with a solar pool cover, also known as a solar blanket, your Solar Pool Heater will keep your pool’s water comfortable well into the cooler months.
A Heat Pump is another energy-efficient choice for heating your swimming pool. Heat Pumps take heat from the air and transfer it to the pool water. This makes the heating process ecologically safe, clean, and cost effective. Heat Pumps are easy to operate and can be used even in frigid conditions.
Enjoying your swimming pool for an extended season without relying on energy-guzzling technologies is possible with the efficient and environmentally friendly Solar Pool Heaters and Heat Pumps.