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Pool Heaters Stretch Out Swimming Season

Solar Pool Heater


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!

Save the Planet – Go Green with Your Pool

Solar cover

“Going Green” means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations. With that being said, caring for the environment is our responsibility as consumers of it.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Swimming pools lose energy in a variety of ways, but evaporation is by far the largest source of energy loss. Evaporating water requires tremendous amounts of energy. It only takes 1 Btu (British thermal unit) to raise 1 pound of water 1 degree, but each pound of 80ºF water that evaporates takes a whopping 1,048 Btu of heat out of the pool.

Outdoor Pool Energy Loss

  • Losses to Ground and other 10%
  • Radiation to Sky 30%
  • Evaporation 70%
    The evaporation rate from an outdoor pool varies depending on the pool’s temperature, air temperature and humidity, and the wind speed at the pool surface. The higher the pool temperature and wind speed and the lower the humidity, the greater the evaporation rate. In windy areas, you can add a windbreak—trees, shrubs, or a fence—to reduce evaporation. The windbreak needs to be high enough and close enough to the pool that it doesn’t create turbulence over the pool, which will increase evaporation. You also don’t want the windbreak to shade the pool from the sun, which helps heat it.

Here are some suggestions to follow allowing for a more environmentally friendly swimming pool:

 First of all, use Solar Covers also called a solar blanket. Solar Pool Covers or Blankets resemble giant sheets of bubble wrap. The bubbles trap heat from the sun and transmit the heat to the pool, keeping the water temperature warm and inviting. The solar cover also helps to trap the heat of the water and prevents its escape into the cool night time air. Solar covers float freely on top of a pool without tie-downs or anchors to hold them in place. Solar covers are usually folded and stored or rolled-up on a large reel and wheeled out of the way. Solar Blankets are ideal for use in sunny climates because the more heat they can gather, the longer they can extend the swim season. Solar pool covers can raise water temperature by as much as 10-15 degrees.

Besides offering energy savings, pool covers also do the following:

  • Conserve water by reducing the amount of make-up water needed by 30%–50%
  • Reduce the pool’s chemical consumption by 35%–60%
  • Reduce cleaning time by keeping dirt and other debris out of the pool.

Using a Solar Pool Heater is another way that you can take advantage of the sun’s free energy.
How They WorkMost solar pool heating systems include the following:

Solar Heaters are extremely efficient, inexpensive to operate, and are the ultimate in environmental friendliness. When combined with a solar pool cover, Your Solar Pool Heater will maintain a comfortable water temperature well into the cooler months. 

A solar collector — the device through which pool water is circulated to be heated by the sun

  • A filter — removes debris before water is pumped through the collector
  • A pump — circulates water through the filter and collector and back to the pool
  • A flow control valve — automatic or manual device that diverts pool water through the solar collector.

Example of a solar pool heating system.Pool water is pumped through the filter and then through the solar collector(s), where it is heated before it is returned to the pool. In hot climates, the collector(s) can also be used to cool the pool during peak summer months by circulating the water through the collector(s) at night.Another way to save energy is by using a Pool Filter Timer.Installing and Operating a Swimming Pool Pump for Energy EfficiencyYou can save energy and maintain a comfortable swimming pool temperature by using a smaller, higher efficiency pump and by operating it less.

Automating a pool’s filter operation pays for itself in energy savings within the first month or two. Except for during times of heavy use, most pools only need to filter 12 hours per day. Pool Filter Timers save money on electricity and chemicals. Most Pool Filter Timers are rugged, weather proof and have up to 50 settings to allow you to make your pool turn on and off whenever you want. Most Pool Timers are easy to program.

  • Substituting a large filter (rated to at least 50% higher than the pool’s design flow rate)
  • Increasing the diameter or decreasing the length of the pipes, or replacing abrupt 90-degree elbow pipes with 45-degree ones or flexible pipes.
  • By decreasing the pool circulation system’s hydraulic resistance, you can reduce the pump’s electricity use by up to 40%.