If you have an unheated pool, you know that it’s uncomfortable to swim in for at least half the year. If your pool is screened, the temperature is even cooler than an unscreened one. Heating 12,000 gallons or more of pool water using gas heaters or electric heat pumps can be very expensive, especially in the cooler months of the year. Worse yet, you could have no heating system and be losing out on quality swim time in that expensive home improvement in your backyard, your pool! A solar pool heating system can significantly reduce or even eliminate those reoccurring fuel bills while extending your swim season. Universal Solar specializes in designing and installing solar pool heating systems specifically for residential and commercial customers in the Orlando / Central Florida area. Ready to get started? Click Here.
Types of Pool Heat Systems:
A properly designed solar pool heating system installed with quality components and high-caliber labor will heat your pool comfortably for most of the year, with the possible exception of a few months in the winter time. A solar pool heating system is the most cost effective way of heating a pool as there are no reoccurring gas charges or increased electric fees. The useful life of a Universal Solar pool solar heating systems is fifteen to twenty years and can triple the length of your yearly swimming season versus an un-heated pool. The return on investment for switching from a gas heater or electric pool pump to a solar pool heating system averages around 1-2 years (depending on current usage). Solar panels (collectors) are generally installed on your rooftop and piping is run to your pool equipment. The filtered pool water is sent to the solar panels where it is heated naturally by the sun before being returned to the pool. This process steadily increases the water temperature until it reaches peak warmth potential or your specified temperature (when used in conjunction with an automatic temperature control device.) There are no additional monthly utility or fuel costs and our panels were specifically designed to be extremely serviceable.
An electric heat pump will typically be capable of heating your pool all year round but this comes at a price. Depending on the season, an average-sized pool will incur additional utility bill expenses of $100-$400 per month. Repairing these systems can be prohibitively expensive and the units only last 5-10 years yet initially cost around the same as a solar pool heating system.
A pool gas heater will typically be capable of heating your pool all year round. Gas is by far the most expensive option for pool heating. While gas heaters have the smallest up-front cost, depending on the season and pool size, a gas heater’s fuel costs range from $500-$2,000 per month. Due to the ongoing expense, most gas heaters are used only for spas. Gas heaters also require routine service to keep them operating properly and safely.
Automatic Temperature Control System:
This device allows you to set your pool to the desired temperature without having to manually adjust any valves. When the actual temperature of the pool water is lower than your ideal comfort level, the system will automatically turn on, and if the actual temperature of the pool water is higher than your desired temperature, the system will automatically turn the system off.
Plastic Pool Cover:
You can choose to use a plastic pool cover during the winter time to maintain a warm pool. These covers prohibit excessive heat loss from occurring due to cold weather conditions. Plastic pool covers are custom-fit to your pool dimensions. This is a re-usable and removable blanket that can be used for many years.
Liquid Pool Blanket:
You can choose to use a liquid pool blanket during the colder months to maintain a warm pool. Liquid pool blankets are a specially formulated liquid that is poured into the pool and forms a thin invisible layer that acts as a thermal barrier, helping to keep heat in. Over time (around 2 months), the liquid blanket dissipates and more can be added if cold weather persists.