If you have a private pool in the backyard, you already have something to boast about. Take it a notch higher with solar heating!
When the temperatures drop, and it becomes difficult to get into a pool, surprise your friends with a solar heating system. Unlike electric or gas-powered options, this is a sustainable method that you can opt for.
Now solar heating comes with its set of pros and cons. We will discuss all of them in the following parts. First, let us tell you about the 2 popular systems and then we will move on to the advantages and costs.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in!
Solar Pool Heating Fundamentals
Types Of Solar Pool Heating
There are 2 major types of solar heating systems which you should know about. These systems are popular all over Australia, and you will find them with all major pool maintenance companies. They are as follows:
If you live in a cold area, this is going to be a better choice. Yes, it is more expensive, but it is way more efficient when it comes to heating water. The pipes here pass through a body that is made of semi-rigid polypropylene. This keeps the pipes stable and prevents them from moving even when it is windy. They are windproof and hence more durable.
Often, copper, glass, or aluminium is used so that the water stays hot and warms up faster. In cold places, this system is needed to make sure that you can go for a swim even after the sun is down.
Strip Or Ribbon Collectors
Here, the pipes are placed in a body made of plastic or rubber. These are more flexible than the previous type and hence show versatility. It can be fitted onto multiple surfaces, but it does have a drawback. This system is not very effective in heating water and hence is good for only tropical or slightly warmer climates.
Advantages Of Shifting To Solar Heating
Some of the top benefits of preferring a solar heating system have been discussed in this section.
Limited Running Expenses
Solar heating is way less expensive to run and manage than gas or electric-powered systems. They do not use any non-renewable forms of energy and draw directly from the sun.
Longer Swimming Sessions
You can enjoy longer swimming sessions with your friends and family in a heated pool, thanks to this. Even autumn or early winter days can be spent in the pool because of solar heating.
Extended Warranty Periods
You will have extended warranty periods that will allow you to approach the company in case of any issues with the system. It generally lasts for around 12 years which is far ahead of the warranty periods offered by other heating devices. They range from 1-5 years at the most.
It provides a greener option that does not rely on the electric power grid. This is beneficial not only for humans but also for the planet as a whole.
Factors Determining The Cost To Solar Heat A Pool
These are some of the factors that you need to consider while determining the cost. Read on to know all about them.
What is the kind of pool size that you want to heat up? If you have a small pool, that could cost you between $3,000 to $4,500. On the other hand, if you have a bigger pool, that might cost you up to $6,000 to $6,500. The system itself costs around $1,000 to $5,000, but the installation charges can take it up to $8,500.
Water circulation in a solar heating system will require the use of a pump. According to the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia (SPASA), an older pump can be used for a new system if it fits right. The criteria for the perfect fit include water pressure, flow-rate, and capacity that a pump can handle.
If your old pump does not meet these criteria, you will need to buy and install a booster pump. Now a pump is not needed for cold water circulation as that will bring down the temperature of the water inside a pool. For this reason, you need to attach a temperature sensor control device. This will only allow water to circulate only when it is heated up.
Now if you are wondering about the price of the pump, a booster model will cost you around $300. This might vary slightly depending on your locality and the rates there. A temperature sensor device will cost you another $300. We would highly recommend it if you are not home most of the day and there is no one to regulate the working of your pump.
If you are concerned about sustainability and want to save a few bucks, it is essential that you maintain the pool. As the NSW Government Department of Planning and Environment and the SPASA says, a solar heating system needs to be maintained in order to maintain its efficiency level.
You either need to hire a professional to do it, or you can do it yourself. Cleaning filters is the most important part. Clogged filters can cause the machine to work overtime, and that will, in turn, lead to the consumption of more power.
You will need to have proper pool covers, lightings, filters, pumps and these can get proper certification from SPASA if they meet the desired criteria. The more innovative and efficient your system is, the more chances you have of achieving this certification.
Is Solar Heating Economical?
We feel that solar heating is very economical in the long run. Yes, it is going to cost you in the beginning, but then once you install it, there are almost negligible expenses. This is because a solar heating device does not consume any electricity. Hence it is cheaper than electric and gas-powered devices.
Not only so, but it is also very beneficial for the environment and saves a lot of pollution. While gas and electricity are limited, solar heating will help in building a more sustainable environment.
Although solar heating is extremely beneficial for sustainable living, it would not be right to expect similar results as that of an electrically heated pool. For instance, you will not be able to swim in proper winter months, and the upfront expenses are much higher.
So, if you were planning to install a solar heated pool for winters, think again! If not, then you are on the right track. This is perfect for other months and will ensure that you always have a warm and welcoming pool.
With this, we have come to the end of this guide, and we are sure that you know how much it will cost. Remember that you need to calculate all the other costs along with the price of a system. Since the installation itself could cost more than $2,000, it is important you plan your budget before settling for one.
Let us know if you still have any queries. Until next time!