Solar Pool Heating in Suburban Home

If you have a heater, one of the most important investments you must make is investing in a heating system for your pool. Having a heating system is a long term investment and while things such as gas heating systems were once the norm, today they are quickly being replaced with environmentally friendly heating systems for pools.

If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and get on board with long term benefits for the earth, then you should consider the various energy efficient and environmentally friendly swimming pool heating systems.

The main heating systems you can invest in for your pool which leave less of a carbon foot print include heat pumps, both water and air based heat pumps, and solar panels which collect sun naturally and heat your water with ease.

Solar Pool Heating

One way to heat your pool water is through the use of a heat pump that is powered by solar power. A heat pump is able to generate heat through electricity and then transfer that heat to your pool water. The solar powered heat pumps come in a handful of types. The first are air source and that means they transfer heat that is already in the air. The other option is a water source heat pump which takes heat from water. This is also called geothermal. Because these heating methods are quite energy efficient they have grown in popularity over the last few years.

So what are the advantages to using solar heating?

The first advantage is that the operational costs of the heat pump are low. In fact, it costs between fifty and one hundred and fifty dollars per month to operate these units. The second advantage to using heat pumps to heat your swimming pool is that they are quite energy efficient. They have a long lifespan and will last between ten and twenty years. They are also environmentally friendly because they utilize renewable energy (solar energy) and they do not release any pollutants into the air. The water source pumps can operate independently of the existing temperature outside.

But what are the disadvantages of using this style of heating?

The main disadvantage to using a heat pump is that the initial cost is higher and may range between two thousand and four thousand dollars. The air source pumps also rely upon the air temperature outside to heat the pool. Finally, the last disadvantage to using heat pumps is that they take significantly longer to heat the swimming pool.

Solar Heaters

One way to heat your swimming pool in an environmentally friendly fashion is to use solar pool heating. Solar heaters are unique in that they use solar panels to transfer the heat from the sun directly into your pool. The way they work is that they sit in the sun during the day and collect heat from the sun. Then, when they are used on your swimming pool the pool pump will move your swimming pool water through the circulation system and over the solar panels. As the water moves over the solar panels it starts to heat up. Because the panels do rely on the sun in order to collect energy, most home owners who invest in solar heaters for their swimming pools will also incorporate auxiliary heaters so that on cloudy days and at night they can continue to heat their pool in spite of there being no sun.