DIY Solar Pool Heater 30 Degrees Temperature Increase in 3 Steps

hi today i'm going to share with you the
three steps that i took to increase the temperature of my
45 000 gallon in ground pool by over 30 degrees using nothing but solar heating
so the idea behind solar heating is pretty simple you take the heat that the
sun naturally provides and you transfer that heat directly into
your pool in essence it's a it's a low cost system
that's going to heat your pool when you compare a solar heating system to
a traditional gas or electric system the the costs are fairly minimal there's
virtually no upkeep that you need after you
install when you compare that to a traditional gas or electric system
you have your utility bill that you have to deal with which is going to be an
ongoing cost one of the other great things about the solar heating system is
it increased the uh swim season for me previously my swim season was basically
the summer months where i only had a few months
to swim and even then without the solar heating system in place or any heating
system in place it was fairly difficult to go swimming
at such a cold temperature typically in the summer
without a heating system my pool would be
62 to 65 degrees which was just wasn't realistic tolerable
now the swim season uh is um essentially from the beginning to mid
april all the way to the end of october sometimes early november
i've had the solar heating system in place for the last two years
and it's been working great for me so let me take you over to
my pool now and show you what the temperature
was when i took it in early early march or mid-march and what it is
now keeping in mind that this is still
hang on a sec keeping in mind that this is
uh still early in the swim season it's uh it's
may where um it's uh just past memorial day so the
the swim season uh is just getting started
that i'm not hitting peak temperatures in my pool just yet
all right so let me first flash on screen what
the temperature was uh in mid-march so you can see there's about 55 degrees
uh just not tolerable and this before applying any
uh heating during the off-season and now let me show you the what the
what the heating system looks like uh now so hang on just a second while i get down to my pool all right
let me flip this here coming up and uh see if you can see that
there we're in the uh about 82 degrees shown
there uh out of the pool um and like i said
we're still i'm still expecting another five or ten
degrees um once the the heat of the summer kicks up
all right so let me tell you what the first step was that i took
so initially i added a solar blanket or solar
pool cover so there was two uses that this does
so when you add a solar pool cover to cover your pool completely
the first most important thing that it does is it helps retain the heat
that your system initially produces so if if your
pool heats up at night you don't want to lose all that heat through evaporation
you want to continue to heal your pool progressively as it gets warmer and
throughout the the summer and the warm days you want to
absorb as much heat from the sun as possible and retain that in your pool
secondly if you look closely at a solar pool cover
and i'll take you closer here you'll see here's my solar cover you'll see that
there are these um it has these little bubbles and each
of those bubbles does help transfer some of the heat from
the sun directly into your pool warming it a bit a few degrees
it isn't terribly critical but it does help both
in taking in some heat as well as retaining the heat
so let me let me give you a good good look of what my pool looks like
so here's the entrance there pardon the glare and then
it goes down quite a ways here as i mentioned it's a 45 000
gallon in ground pool so i've got it covered
majority covered i do have where the stairs are not covered
uh so i am losing a little bit of heat there uh so that that was step one
um being able to retain the heat now the second step that i took to increase the
temperature of my pool was to add a solar pool heater now you'll see a
lot of these prefabricated on some of the big box
stores or online retailers they're they're these wide
blanket-looking plastic sheets that you connect to your system you let
the the sun beat down on it it absorbs the heat and pushes it
back into your pool uh so that was the second step that i took it it
that that piece helped quite a bit it did what warm up my pool
my my pull quite a bit so the thing that you want to
make sure to to do for both the solar heater as well as the solar
blanket is you want to make sure that you take a look at the reviews
see what other people are saying about those you don't necessarily need to buy
the most expensive item the solar pool
heater that excuse me the solar blanket that i
bought was mid-tier um and it works pretty well uh
same for the solar pool heater i got i purchased one that was more heavily
favor favorable reviews uh to help uh with the heating of the system uh so let
me show you how what i did to get it connected so
really these systems lay out flat uh and absorb
the sun but what i need to do is get uh get it in the sun
and i need to get water pumping through it so i've seen a lot of people
connect these directly to their to their pool pumps and that caused some issues
what i did is i connected uh the the prefabricated
heater to my pool return so let me put this around and you can see
here i've got right under
i'm just gonna move the the solar blanket for a minute here
if you look down there you can see i've got
a return and uh i've got uh some some pvc uh hooked up to it
and um and you'll also see i have it on and off switch i'll talk about that in
just a minute the way it's set up is on return on the
pool it'll return through the pool here and
as it returns you can see that i have i have a pvc
pipe that goes up it comes comes along here and it goes up
ultimately going to the top of my deck and as i quickly mentioned i have
sort of this on and off switch what that allows me to do is
when the when it's warm outside and i want to absorb the heat i can
open it i can shut it up shut it down let the
divert the water straight through to the solar
pool heater get that absorbed and absorb that heat into my pool
when it's say night time and i'm running the pool pump i don't want to
necessarily run that because the the ambient temperature is colder
than my pool so i can just open it up and let it function as a
standard return okay now let me show you what that what
the prefabricated uh solar heater looks like all right you can see here right on my
deck that returns the pvc returns and it goes down to the to my pool right
right right there you can kind of see it right there there's a there's a pipe
that returns um the water now if you take a look here
on the top of my deck i've got these prefabricated uh pool
heaters so these are the ones that you buy from
the big box stores or online retailers and really just sits here on top of my
deck it absorbs the the heat from the sun
and it heats the sun up pretty well now the first year i had
the prefabricated system and it did increase temperature in my pool but
not as much as i wanted it to i wanted it you know comfortably mid 80s
so what i did as a step 3 is i added some additional
heating elements rather than use the prefabricated heater
i used copper so you'll see here i added right after the the prefab
heater it goes through some copper piping i have
added about 35 feet of copper piping that absorbs the
the uh temperature of the sun uh just like a solar
solar pool here should uh and from there it
shoots that back into my pool that's how i was able to get the 30 degree
uh increase in in my pool temperature so for myself i'm not a you know
licensed plumber i was fairly new to pvc uh gluing uh uh
when i started this this project but i was able to using
these three steps the solar blanket the prefabricated heater as well
as the the addition of the copper heating these
three three steps i was able to increase the temperature of my
uh pool by over 30 degrees so i hope you enjoyed the video and you learned
something from it based on my experiences be sure to leave
something in the comments and let me know
if you have any questions on my system and how how it's working
or if you have questions on on potentially getting something like this
installed in your system and uh and thanks for watching bye

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