Solar Pool Heating
What is solar pool heating?
Swimming pools that use solar heating are warmed up via heat that has been converted from the sun's rays. This may be from a solar panel attached to the roof of the building and can be for either indoor or outdoor ones. It is an ideal method as pools do not need to be very hot, just warm enough for people to comfortably swim in.
How does it work?
There is often a solar panel on the roof of the building which collects the sun rays and uses the filter system in the pool to add the heat into the water coming out, before being returned again. A sensor may also be present to help change the temperature of the pool as it automatically decides if it needs to be raised.
What are the advantages of solar pool heating?
Solar pool heating is better than using fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas, as these are constantly being depleted and may soon run out. This means that the cost is going up all the time, so it is cheaper to use a cleaner, and renewable source of energy such as solar power.
It can save you a lot of money on your monthly bills, and the good thing is that solar power can work all year round, regardless of whether it is cloudy, sunny, cold or windy! For as long as the sun is around, it should continue to work, so it is a much more reliable way that using fossil fuels.
It is also better for the environment as no carbon emissions are made which can contribute towards global warming and other problems. For outdoor pools, it can double the amount of days that people can swim in it so for a public establishment, can increase business and therefore profits.
The costs of solar pool heating
The main downside to solar pool heating is probably the cost as it can be quite expensive to install. The good news is that you may be eligible to receive a grant for this, as the government are encouraging more people to use renewable sources of energy instead of more conventional means, which are not so good for the environment.
For a top of the range system, you can expect to pay between £5,000 and £10,000, but this can vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the pool, whether it is indoors or outdoors, and how well insulated the pool and building already are.