Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Pool Heaters
Despite the fact that California stays relatively warm throughout the year, no one wants a pool that gets too cold on those cooler winter nights. However, many people worry that installing a pool heater is expensive and the cost of continuing to run it is even more out of control. However, those people often do not know about solar pool heating. Read on to learn more and then contact The Stanley Louis Company at 800-217-6527 if you’d like to hear more.
How does it work?
There are a few steps involved in heating your pool via solar power. However, the steps, once set up, are automated so you do not have to spend energy handling it yourself. Though each setup will be unique, it is most common for solar pool heating to be made up of a solar collector, a filter, a pump, and a flow control valve. They work together to keep your pool warm.
First, the water is pumped through the filter and goes into the solar collector. It is heated there and put back into the pool. There are a number of types of collectors but it is most likely that in California we would recommend an unglazed system, which does not require glass covering. They are generally made from plastic or heavy-duty rubber.
How much does it cost to install a solar pool heater?
A glazed solar panel costs a lot more than an unglazed one. The good news is that in most parts of California, glazed heating panels aren’t required because water does not get below freezing. The cost of an entire system will vary based on how big your pool is, how warm you want the water to be, your home’s sun exposure, how much time your home spends in the shade, and which direction your panel must face. You can contact us at 800-217-6527 to find out more about how much your system would likely cost.
How much can I save by using a solar pool heater?
According to estimates from the United States Department of energy, the average Los Angeles homeowner that choses a solar pool heater over a gas powered pool heater would save nearly $3,000. This allows most solar heater installations to recoup their full value in just a few years.
How warm can it get my pool?
An unglazed solar system used in Southern California would likely keep pools between 78 and 85 F from April through October. In cooler months, the temperature would be a little lower but you can use a pool cover to significantly reduce heat loss at night.
Can we use solar power to heat commercial pools?
Yes! At The Stanley Louis Company we are proud to offer both commercial water heater solutions and residential solutions. To talk to the company that has worked on solar water and pool heaters for decades, reach out to The Stanley Louis Company at 800-217-6527.