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Solar Pool

02 July 2008

Each year, pool owners face a tough choice: a disappointingly short swim season or big bills from an energy wasting pool heater. Fortunately, advances in solar technology offer a clean, cost-effective solution. Pool owners can now employ a Hi Temp solar pool heating system to enjoy an extended season friendly to both the environment and their budget. Remember solar energy is FREE heat!

Hi Temp Solar Pool Heating is a Guilt-Free Luxury

Solar panel heaters use a pool’s existing pump to circulate the pool water through solar collectors mounted on the roof, on the ground, or on a custom built rack. The solar collectors transfer the sun’s radiant energy into the water. The warmed water flows back into the pool where it gently raises the temperature to a comfortable level.

Most solar pool heating systems include an automatic temperature controller for optimal performance and convenience. A thermostat near the pool pump monitors water temperature and closes the solar valve when the water reaches the desired temperature. For pools with existing conventional heaters, owners may elect to install the solar system as the primary heater and retain the conventional heater for supplemental heat.

POOL HEATING SOLAR PANELS

To work effectively and maintain aesthetics, solar collectors may be installed some distance from pool pumps and filters. PVC pipe buried in a shallow trench carries water from the pool to the collectors and back. A one horsepower pool pump (0,75kw) is sufficient for the vast majority of residential installations. For trench runs over 10 meters, a 1,1 kW or larger pump is recommended.

Solar collectors should be mounted on flat surfaces or sloped surfaces with Northern, western or eastern exposures for optimal results. Solar collectors perform best when located in an area that gets at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day. Solar collector surface area usually equals 100 percent of swimming pool surface area in the Cape and Gauteng and as low as 80% in Durban. System designers increase collector surface area for less optimal exposures or where sunlight is partially obscured.

A properly sized and professionally installed solar pool heater generally raises water temperature six to fifteen degrees above the unheated water temperature from September through April. Many pool owners experience a pleasant surprise when they find that their solar system heats the pool on cloudy days. However, solar heaters do not work on dark rainy days or at night.

Solar systems pay for themselves many times over during a typical ten to twenty year system life span. A fully installed solar pool heater system roughly equals the  a third of the cost of an electric heat pump with a dedicated electric line. Solar panels are a key component of the system cost and the size of a solar panel array is proportional to a pool’s surface area.

Fully installed costs range from less than R4,000 for a small above splash pool to more than R10,000 for a large pool. Expect an eight to twelve year manufacturer’s warranty for collectors and mounting components. The South African Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that four in five pool heaters sold in South Africa are solar heaters. In light of rising energy costs and growing environmental concerns, pool owners owe it to themselves to investigate the cost savings and comfort of environmentally responsible solar pool heating

Some Solar Installations done by Hi Temp over the past 15 years 8 Solar Pool Heating Panels Installed
6 Solar Pool Heating Panels Installed
5 Solar Pool Heating Panels Installed
5 Solar Pool Heating Panels Installed
5 Solar Pool Heating Panels Installed
5 Solar Pool Heating Panels Installed