Regardless of what kind of climate you live in, you want the pool water to feel good when you get in. Even though you are hopping in the pool to cool off on a hot day, you still do not want the water to feel like a bucket of ice. Electric and gas heaters can be effective for heating your pool, but any homeowner will tell you that they are not very energy efficient. Thankfully, there are new solar powered heating developments that can help to remedy this problem.
Floating on the pool, solar blankets allow the heat of the sun to enter the pool and then trap it there. They are extremely affordable, and can boost the temperature of your pool by ten degrees. The one potential drawback is that they do have to be removed to use the pool, but you can make this easier by investing in a cover reel along with the cover.
Available in balls that go in the gutter (or fish that simply float in the water) this special liquid rises when the water is calm to form an invisible barrier on the surface of the water. Functioning like a solar blanket, it allows heat from the sun to pass through without letting it back out, and subsequently raise the water temperature by a few degrees. Use it in conjunction with a solar blanket to prevent any heat loss at night. You will only have to move the blanket around in the morning and night, and the fish will keep the water warm throughout the day. Unlike other solar options, there is a small ongoing expense with these. The liquids typically last about 30 days before you have to put more in the water.
Solar panels are what most people think of when they imagine solar heating options. For pools, solar panels can be hooked into your filtration system. After going through the filter, water is run through the panels where it is supercharged and heated by the sun. Returning to the pool, it heats the water. The passive heating system sends a steady flow of warm water into your pool to raise the temperature. You can often make it more effective and with the use of a solar blanket. These systems are also very affordable, but they require a large area where they can be spread out to absorb the warmth from the sun. Panels are available in soft and hard versions, so you can choose the one that best suits your property and your needs.
If you do not have the space for a large solar panel, then consider some space-saving panels. Instead of being long panels taking up several feet, these space-saving units only require a few square feet. Water runs through tightly coiled panels to warm up before returning to the pool. If the pool temperature does not warm up enough for you, then you can boost the results by adding more units.
Any solar heating option you use will be more effective if you put a solar blanket on the pool at night. If you do not want to mess with the blanket, then you should invest in the solar liquids to help hold in the heat and boost the temperature. The beauty of these heating options is that most of them do not cost anything to operate and there is no ongoing expense associated with them. You won’t have to feel guilty about using propane or electricity to warm the water, and you won’t have to deal with the added expense of keeping the pool comfortable.
Gus Mazzone wrote this energy saving article on behalf of the Water Pros. Save yourself the hassle and let the Pros find you the best possible Gas Hot Water Heater for your home.