WHY YOU WANT TO HEAT YOUR POOL
Once you've invested in a pool, it only makes sense to get the most enjoyment you can from it. But if your pool is too cold to use for multiple months at a time, you are not enjoying the full benefit of your investment. Heating your pool with a solar thermal system can double your swim season. Plus, having such a unique, eco-friendly feature can add value to your home.
POOL THERMAL - VS - HEAT PUMPS
The initial cost of installing a thermal pool system is general comparable to that of an electric heat pump. However, the annual cost of electricity to run a heat pump is estimated for Southern California to be around $900, while the sun's energy is FREE! And of course, thermal pool heating is much more environmentally friendly.
POOL THERMAL ANNUAL OPERATING COST
Since the sun's energy is free, there are no operating costs. A properly designed thermal pool system will heat your pool just as effectively as one that uses fossil fuels. On days that are warm enough to comfortably relax poolside, but not warm enough to swim, thermal pool system will heat your pool to a perfect temperature for swimming, so you can dive right in.
DO COLLECTORS HAVE TO FACE SOUTH?
Not necessarily, as long as the collectors are installed where they will be exposed to sunlight for a good portion of the day, it will provide plenty of heat. Depending on the angle of the mounting surface, east- and west-facing collectors function just as well.