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Solar pool heaters are a fantastic way to extend a swimming season and the initial cost is similar to a gas or electric heater.
Solar thermal energy is the most widely used and is the oldest type of solar system. Its typical applications are for solar pool heating and hot water heating systems.
Solar pool heaters are a fantastic way to extend a swimming season and the initial cost is similar to a gas or electric heater. The benefit of a solar heater is that it costs virtually nothing to operate and requires little if any maintenance. The basic technology has remained the same for 40 years, though the component parts have advanced significantly making them more efficient and reliable.
Customers who have had solar pool heating installed typically express satisfaction about using their pools longer, without any energy costs and knowing they aren’t damaging the environment. Residential solar pool heaters and commercial solar pool heaters operate similarly except for the scale. It is not uncommon for commercial solar pool heating systems to run in conjunction with gas systems. Solar pool heaters have an extremely fast payback on the investment.
The best analogy of how a solar pool heating works is by using a common garden hose as an example. Left uncoiled and in the sun for any length of time, when the water is turned on it is initially very warm. Similarly, your pool water is circulated by a pump to the solar collection panels to be heated and re-circulated back to the pool.
Our solar pool heating systems are completely automated. In other words, just set the temperature and leave it alone. Sensors monitor the water temperature and the amount of sun available to the collection panels. If the water needs to be heated then the solar valve opens and diverts water from the pool and to the collection panels where the water is heated and sent back into the pool. This process is repeated until the pool reaches its desired temperature. The more the water flows through the solar heating system the faster the pool will heat.
All solar pool heating systems include the following major components:
The construction of the component parts will determine how well your solar pool heater performs and how long the system will last. In Florida, the solar collector panels are almost always made of polypropylene plastic collectors. Solar Source uses Heliocol solar pool heating exclusively. They have been in business since 1977, make the best products, and back them up with the best warranty in the business.
Most solar pool heating systems will last at least 10-20. Some systems last much longer than others and some have much higher outputs than others.
The US Department of Energy recommends three questions when screening potential solar contractors:
What a wonderful company to work with. Every step from purchase to completion was a breeze. They know their business and they guide you through all of the steps. The gentlemen doing the installation explained the steps as they did the installation! And the paperwork and contact to the electric company made going solar a double joy!
Chose Solar Source based on a friends recommendation. I was not disappointed. They were friendly, easy to work with, on time, clean workspace, and the system is working well. Our pool is up 15 degrees in the first two weeks even during this cold February for Florida. I definitely recommend them.
Great price and first class installation. Even the building inspectors were impressed. All of their team, from sales to installers were very very professional and a pleasure to work with. 3 months now and zero issues. Love my solar system!!
Solar Source did a good job of installing panels on our roof. The workers were nice and seemed quite knowledgeable. The job was completed in February of 2021 and we've gotten our first monthly Duke Energy bill since then--$13.82. Can't wait to see if this low cost holds up throughout the year.