Choosing Your Solar Pool Heater

It is tempting to just click on pool heater websites or drive to the nearest pool supply store the moment you decide on getting a solar pool heater. To bring a good purchase home, you must first know the various types of solar pool heaters out there. This way, you have an idea what your budget can give you. To help you with your choices, here are some of the different types of solar power heaters available: Polymer heater. This type of solar heater is made of either polyethylene, polystyrene, plastic, rubber, PVC, and polypropylene. They usually make up most heaters for pools. You can find them in coil and mat configurations. Many of these heaters are designed for small-size above-ground pools. Other models can heat large-size in-ground pools.

PROS

• There are inexpensive solar heater models. • Many designs are good for above-ground installation beside the pool. • Easy to install.

CONS

• Some models are not tolerant of temperatures below freezing (Need draining on a seasonal basis). • Other models are not designed to heat large pools. ETCs (Evacuated Tube Collectors). These are the costliest solar pool heaters, designed to heat large, indoor pools. They have vacuum tubes that absorb the sun’s heat. The heat is then transferred to an antifreeze solution that circulates. Through this, the heat moves into the water through a set heat exchanger.

PROS

• Designed to heat pools in areas that experience below freezing temperatures. • More efficient.

CONS

• Complicated designs. • Challenging to install. • Heavy. • You may need a building permit before you have the roof installed. • Can cost at least 6,000 USD. ICS (Integral Collector Storage). Also known as batch heaters, ICS solar heating systems are similar to flat plate heaters. They combine hot water tanks with collector tubes inside a glass-covered insulated box.

PROS

• Easy installation. • Reliable and simple.

CONS

• Heavy. • They require adequate roof support. • Needs seasonal draining because it can freeze in very cold environments.

Flat Plate Collectors.

This type of solar heater is made of a sheet of aluminum, painted black. The sheet has copper tubes that transmit liquid across the entire plate to collect the heat from the sun. Units can be non-glazed or glazed. The non-glazed units are ideal for outdoor and seasonal pools, while glazed ones are used for indoor pools.

PROS

• The glazed units are ideal for below freezing environments and indoor pools. • More affordable than ETCs.

CONS

• The non-glazed units need draining during winter • They are better for pools in sunny and warm climates.

Choose your solar pool heater carefully. If you want to know more about each type, ask our experts at www.myfibreglasspools.au. With their counsel, you can have a fully functional solar pool heater in no time at all.

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