Being the proud owner of a solar pool heating system for your pool is a gratifying thing. However, getting there is not as easy as waving a magical wand. There are things you need to get right first. Considering where you are, the amount of sun you receive will be a big pointer when choosing a solar heating system for your pool. As for temperature differences between the day and the night, you may need a pool blanket to prevent heat loss.
In Perth, for example, if you want a foolproof DIY solar pool heating strategy, it will pay to heed the following advice.
Solar Collection Equipment
Solar collectors consist of an array of small tubes spread across your roof space. The amount of collectors required to adequately heat your pool depends on the size of your swimming pool, direction which the roof and pool faces, whether or not there are any obstructions such as trees and other structures around which may reduce the amount of sunlight hitting your collection system, plus the type of pool (concrete, fibreglass or vinyl).
Pumps and Controllers
As a pool owner, you are already familiar with pumps. In this case, you have to be aware of the booster pump and the controller. It is better to automatically regulate your water temperature rather than manually doing it. The controller functions as the brain of the whole system. It has sensors which monitor the pool’s temperature as well as the absorber temperature on the roof and in turn, switches the pump on and off to cycle the heated water from the roof to your swimming pool. Solar or booster pumps are designed specifically to move the heated water from your roof to your pool in a continuous cycle until the required water temperature is reached.
Piping and Mounting Equipment
Your solar absorber installation has to be securely mounted to your roof. You must, therefore, consider a secure foundation: windswept areas and rain-drenched locations would be a challenge if you disregard a firm anchor for your solar installation. You will also need to give careful thought and planning to the piping requirements as you will need a separate return and suction line in your pool specifically for the solar heating. Other installation methods are available and if you have any concerns it would pay to speak with an expert.
Getting your DIY solar pool heating plan right the first time will save you lots of heartache and pain and will bring you the satisfaction you desire for an enjoyable swimming experience.