How to Buy The Best SOLAR POOL HEATER | Swim University

solar pool heaters can be a great long-term investment but the buying process can feel intimidating don't worry all it takes is some careful planning and a little research to find the right solar heater setup for your pool check it out first how does a solar pool heater actually work well when water is pumped from your swimming pool through your filter system and back the water passes through a group of solar collectors warming it up there are pros and cons to using a solar pool heater for one thing they're expensive and can cost between three thousand and four thousand dollars to buy and install but they'll save you energy and money over the long run and they can last up to 15 to 20 years which is longer than gas or heat pumps but remember solar heater is only as good as the amount of sun you get okay what do you need for a solar heater setup first you'll need a solar collector this warms the pool as it circulates through and you've got two options unglazed collectors which are heavy duty rubber or plastic panels they're treated with an ultraviolet light inhibitor to protect them from damage and you have glaze collectors which use copper tubing on an aluminum plate and have iron tempered glass covering they're more expensive but they're also more durable so cheaper unglazed panels can save you money up front but they require more maintenance in the long run next you'll need a lot of space in your yard or on your roof the surface area of your solar collector should equal about 75 of your swimming pool's total surface area this is called the three-quarter rule if you keep your pool open year-round bump that up to 100 for example if you have a 16 by 32 pool that's open part of the ear you'll need about 384 square feet of solar collectors to keep your pool and then finally you've got to have the right setup you'll need a pool filter which removes debris before it's pumped through your solar collector of course you'll need a pump the solar collectors are big they need a powerful pump and so you might need to upgrade your existing pump to a larger one and finally you'll need a flow control valve and this valve diverts pool water through your solar collector for warmth real quick before we continue if you're looking for an easy to follow tutorial that'll answer all your pool questions go check out our pool care handbook and video course you'll get over 30 in-depth video lessons and a step-by-step downloadable guide covering everything you need to know about full maintenance it's packed with money saving tips so you can save money and time keeping your swimming pool clean this is the ultimate manual for every type of pool including in-ground above ground and in-text blow-up pools and the best part is we always keep it up to date so once you buy it you have access to the latest and greatest version for life so because you're watching this video you can go to swimuniversity.com pool and use the promo code video next how do you decide where your solar collectors go you can mount solar collectors almost anywhere near your pool but they need the right orientation the right tilt and enough sun exposure orientation is the direction the panels are facing if you're in the northern hemisphere your solar collector should face south where you'll get the most sun and depending on where you live you may be able to face it up to 45 degrees east or west the other factor is tilt or the angle of the panels this depends on your latitude or how far you are from the equator and how long you keep your pool open each year the further away you are from the equator the more you'll want to tilt your collectors up the third factor is your location's available sunlight how much sun does your backyard get in a day or a week or a pool season if you're building on an unshaded south facing area you're good to go you can compensate for less sunlight with a higher efficiency system okay now it's time to go shopping for a solar collector what should you look for you'll want to pay attention to its thermal performance rating these are in btus per day or british thermal units or mjs per day or megajoules high efficiency systems not only produce more power but they also need fewer panels systems within 25 btus a day of one another are roughly the same if you know the price and efficiency of the models you're considering you can calculate how much energy the solar collector will produce for every dollar you spend for example if you know that you need 21 000 btus a day each collector panel costs about 387 you get 54.26 btus per day per dollar spent it takes a little math once you know the numbers you can shop for the biggest bang for your buck and start soaking up the sun and that's it that's all you need to know about buying a solar heater for your pool if there's a pool care topic you'd like us to cover in a future video please leave a comment to let us know and hit the like button below if you found this video helpful if you want to learn more 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