How many months of the year are you able to enjoy your swimming pool? Do you wish you could extend that swim time or open the pool earlier in the year for swimming? If you and the family are home more often because of the coronavirus pandemic, a longer swim season might make a lot of sense. Is it time to heat your pool water with solar? If you’ve been thinking about it, give the swimming pool contractors from Advanced Pool Care in Tipton and Shelby county, Tennessee a call today.

Solar pool heating is one of the most cost-efficient ways to generate hot water for your home and pool. The sun energy is harnessed from solar hot water panels and heat water to make the pool water a more amenable temperature. Heated water is held in a storage tank until you’re ready to use it. Consider using solar collection panels.

Is it time to heat your pool water with solar?

Solar collection panels come in three types:

  1. Integrated collector storage, combines the solar collector and storage tank in one
  2. The most commonly used solar panel type is the flat plate collector.
  3. Evacuated tubes are more efficient than flat plate collection systems and are best used in colder regions of the country.

Do your homework before making a decision on a solar collection system. As with any project, before you make any decisions, shop around and talk with professionals. Also, ask how long it will take to see a return on your investment.

The region in which you live will also play a role in the type of solar hot water panel you opt for.

An evacuated tube system performs better in colder areas of the country and those with lower light penetration. The evacuated tube systems pull in more heat and store it during the days when the sun is not shining. The tube collectors are durable. This system takes up less roof space and isn’t as prone to corrosion as flat plate systems.

A flat plate system solar collector is typically less expensive than evacuated tube systems. As a way to measure peak performance, the flat panel systems compete almost head-to-head with an evacuated tube system.

Consider too, if you have large roof space a bigger flat plate collector could deliver better performance as compared to the smaller, more expensive evacuated tube systems. Conversely, if you only have a small amount of space available, you might get more energy generated per square foot from the evacuated tube system. 

Solar makes sense for many pool owners and it also is more energy-efficient than other systems, but there is an upfront investment. Give us a call if you’re considering a pool water heating system of any type.