You may have heard of solar panels on your roof for electrical use, but have you heard about pool solar panels? They are a great, energy-efficient and budget-savvy way of ensuring a nice, warm pool this season without the cost. Read on to find out more about solar pool heaters, along with a Fort Myers solar company that can help with installation!


How The Panels Work

Most solar panels for a pool consist of four parts: the solar collector, which is a device through which pool water is circulated to be heated by the sun; a filter, which removes debris before the water is moved into the solar collector; a pump, which circulates water through the filter and collector before depositing it back into the pool; and a flow control valve, which is an automatic or manual device that diverts pool water through the solar collector.  


The pool water is first pumped through a filter, then the water goes through the solar collector, where it is either heated or cooled, depending on the season and outdoor temperature, before returning to the pool through the pump. Some solar pool heaters also have sensors and an automatic or manual valve to divert water in case the temperature is already fine. 


There are two types of solar collectors, either glazed or unglazed, and based on how cold your outdoor temperatures are, will help you decide which one you need the most. Unglazed are typically used for pools when the outside temperatures are above freezing, while the glazed collectors are better at keeping heat contained and serve a better purpose in colder climates. Both types of collectors though, should include some type of freeze protection when you buy it. 


Your Home And Pool Solar Panels

Before you dive in completely, make sure to do your homework and pick the solar panels that will be the best for your pool. You’ll want to determine what size system you’ll need for the size of your pool, plus figure out the system’s efficiency. And your pool area doesn’t have to be sunny 24/7 in order for the solar heaters to work, but you do want to evaluate the area and make sure it’ll get the job done. The panels will be able to generate heat without a day’s worth of sun, and the system will use both direct and diffuse solar radiation to help in the heating process. If your building site has unshaded areas and generally faces south, you should be good to go.  


The solar collector will need to be in a certain position towards the sun and at a certain tilt, so ensure the area around your pool can accommodate this, leaving enough room for all working parts. And lastly, make sure there are no local codes or regulations that may prevent the use of solar pool heaters or to ensure your installation work is being done to code.  


Installation can be a little pricey to begin with, but you’ll soon reap the benefits as soon as a year and a half into your pool usage. Solar pool heating is the most cost-effective use of solar energy, so you know you’re getting your money’s worth! Pool solar also lasts longer than gas and heat pump pool heaters.    


Contact Us

Now is the time to get your pool solar panels today! Call the experts at Advance Solar in Fort Myers today. For over 40 years, Advance Solar has been delivering excellence in solar installation to all of our clients. With over 30,000 installations under our tool belts, we can get your pool cool and ready for the summer in no time!

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