FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
How efficiently will solar heat my pool?
When you follow our recommended solar heater sizes and the panels have proper exposure to the sun, your pool should be conservatively 6 to 12 degrees warmer than it was before you heated it, under the same weather conditions.
Evaporation of water from the surface of the pool causes most of the cooling of the water. The larger the solar collector area, the more of the sun’s energy it will collect and send to the pool. Therefore, the larger the solar collector area is in relation to the surface area of the pool, the warmer the pool water will be.
What about maintenance?No special maintenance is needed.
What about a 'solar' pool cover?
A solar cover is made from thin plastic formed with air pockets so it can float on the surface. A solar cover cannot heat a pool. It is not totally transparent to sunlight so it blocks out much of the sun’s energy that would otherwise heat the pool. However, it effectively prevents evaporation from the water surface, slowing down cooling of the water at night and in bad weather. We recommend use of a cover at night near the beginning and end of the season when the nights are long and cool.
What are the advantages?
Unlike conventional space heating systems, solar systems do not burn fuel. Therefore, they avoid the creation of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, and other air pollutants.
- Reduce your vulnerability to fuel price spikes.
- Minimize nation’s dependency on foreign oil.
- Enjoy free pool heating after the system has paid for itself in reduced utility bills.
- Increase the resale value of your property.
- Quick payback on investment.
- Extends swimming season, maximizing the benefits of a swimming pool investment.
- Provides more comfortable swimming temperatures.
How well does solar energy heat a pool?
Solar energy is just another fuel with which to heat your pool. A properly designed solar pool system can achieve the same results as other fuels. On days when you can relax comfortably in a bathing suit at poolside, but the water is too cold for swimming, solar energy can heat your pool to a temperature comfortable for swimming.
In simple terms, how does a solar pool heater work?
Using the pump that circulates pool water through the filter, the water is automatically diverted so that it flows through the many small passages of the solar collector. While passing through the collector, it is warmed by the sun. This warm water then flows directly back into the pool. When the pool has reached your desired comfort level, the water then bypasses the solar collector and returns directly to the pool.
Do the solar collectors have to face North?
Not necessarily. The solar panels should just be installed where they can be in the sun a good portion of the day. Depending on the angle of the mounting surface, east and west facing systems can function equally as well. Our solar panels can be fitted on just about any roof, including a flat roof. However, if possible, it should be north-facing.
Why would I want my pool heated?
You probably bought your pool for many reasons like family fun, entertaining friends, exercise, those quiet relaxing moments or perhaps even for therapeutic reasons. You spent a lot of time making the decision to invest in a quality pool, furniture, fencing and accompanying items that go along with a pool.
You are therefore expecting to get the most use out of your pool. But if your pool is frequently too cold to swim in comfortably, you are not realizing the full benefit of your significant investment of the swimming pool cost of between R25,000 and R150,000. Solar pool heating can effectively double the length of your swimming season, by extending it to between 8 to 10 months of the year.
Will it damage my roof?Your roof is not damaged as NO roof penetrations or messy drilling are required, thereby eliminating water leaks as well.
How much will my solar pool heater cost to operate?Since the sun's energy is free, there are no operating costs.
How does solar pool heating compare with heat pumps for pool heating?
The initial capital outlay for an electric heat pump is generally double the cost of a solar heating system. Over and above that, it requires electricity to operate. The unit also needs to be serviced on a regular basis which could be quite costly.