Pool solar panels are constructed of rows of small, hollow tubes made of black polypropylene (super strong plastic) or rubber that are seamed together to create a large surface area called a panel.
The sunshine heats the black mat and as water passes through, the heat is transferred to the water and returned to the pool.
Solar panels are an eco-friendly way to heat your pool 10-20 degrees warmer, with do-it-yourself installation, zero emissions – and with zero operational costs. With no gas or electrical lines to run, they are favored by pool owners everywhere!
Solar heaters come in a variety of shapes and sizes but the mechanics are basically the same. You can use your existing pump to circulate water through black tubing which naturally absorbs heat from the sun and sends that heated water back to your pool.
The more surface area the solar heater has, the more BTU’s of heat are generated. And the more BTU’s you generate, the greater the volume of water you can heat. Since a pool is open to the air, heat can be lost quickly. To combat the heat loss, it is recommended to over-size a solar pool heater.
One or more panels can be joined to create more surface area. Panels can be installed for above ground and in ground pools, positioned in a variety of ways, and controlled manually by turning a valve or automatically, with a solar controller.
Above Ground Pool Solar Heaters
Small Pools: If you own one of the ever-popular soft-sided pools like the pop-up or metal frame pools from makers like Intex, there are some quality do-it-yourself solar heaters from Game and Smartpool that are simple to install and take up very little yard space.
By coiling black tubing and covering it with a convex dome, the SunCoil solar heaters can be plumbed into your filter system by simply adding one more hose section after your existing pool pump & filter.
To install, all you need to do is turn off your pump and isolate your system by blocking off your skimmer and return or closing your shut-off valves. Next, disconnect the hose to the return and plumb it to the solar heater intake, then add another hose, fitting, and clamp from the solar heater output to the return fitting on the pool wall. Unblock your skimmer and return and turn the system back on and you are ready to enjoy the free heat!
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For heat pumps to work properly, they need to be in an area where the air temperature is about 45 degrees Fahrenheit or higher year around. This is because heat pumps operate by drawing in outside air and converting it to heat. For heat pumps, the higher the air temperature, the more heat they can extract and convert into warmer water. On the other hand, a swimming pool heater can be used anywhere, regardless of climate.
Next, one of the most important factors when choosing between a heat pump and heater is the purchase price and the cost to operate. The pool heat pump has a much higher upfront cost than a pool heater. However, if you were to purchase a pool heat pump, the money you invest on the front end will pay off over time because a heat pump uses half the amount of gas to get the same BTUs than a pool heater and about a quarter of the amount of electricity as an electric heater. So, if you’re going to be operating your swimming pool’s heat pump constantly, it will more than pay for itself over time when you compare it to a pool heater’s capabilities.
The installation of a pool heater varies depending on if it’s a gas or propane heater. Be sure to factor in the cost of running a gas line to the unit when considering your pool heater purchase; that way you are not caught off guard when you receive the quote for installation service by a professional. Also know that electric pool heaters and pool heat pumps require electrical wiring be run to the unit. So, be sure to include the cost of that installation service as well when budgeting for this purchase. Finally, note that electrical wiring installation does typically cost less than a gas line.
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A gas heater burns either natural gas or liquid propane inside a combustion chamber. Copper coils, which contain swimming pool water, run through the combustion chamber. As the gas burns, swimming pool water runs through these copper coils, and returns to the swimming pool warm. Exhaust created by burning the gas leaves the chamber through a flue.
Advantages of Gas Swimming Pool Heaters
A gas heater operates independently of air temperature. It will heat your swimming pool more easily in lower temperatures than will a heat pump, which operates less efficiently in lower temperatures. A gas heater also offers the convenience of heating your swimming pool more quickly than a heat pump, which makes it ideal for swimming pool owners who want on-demand heat.
Other advantages of gas heaters include: low purchase costs and quiet operation.
Disadvantages of Gas Swimming Pool Heaters
While gas heaters offer a few valuable advantages, they have quite a few disadvantages. Specifically, a gas heater is the least efficient type of heater, as it has a COP between 0.80 and 0.85. During the last few decades, many consumers were willing to look past this low efficiency because low gas prices made gas heaters very inexpensive to operate. However, the recent increases in gas prices have made gas heaters not only the most inefficient type of heater to operate, but also the most costly to operate.
Other disadvantages of gas heaters include: harmful effects of gas exhaust on the environment, required gas lines (natural gas heaters only), and short lifespan.
So hopefully this gives you a better understanding of how a gas heater works, along with a few of the advantages and disadvantages of using a gas heater. Do you have any questions, thoughts, or suggestions? Contact Ariston solar water heater
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Below are the consideration before buying heaters for swimming pool
When it comes down to it, there are only a couple ways to heat water. The most common method is using a gas heater. These heaters will burn natural or propane gas to heat the water. There are also heat pumps that essentially work like a backwards air conditioner. Heat pumps use condensed refrigerant that heat up as it is condensed. It will use the heat from the condensing refrigerant to heat the water. Lastly, there are all electric heaters. These have an element that heats up using high voltage electricity. The water passes over the element, heating the water.
Gas heaters are the most popular option when it comes to heating water because they are the most versatile and most powerful. The only major consideration when it comes to gas heaters is elevation. If you are in higher altitude areas, you’ll need to consider your elevation when purchasing a heater. There are some heaters that will work from sea level all the way up to 9,000 feet without any issues. While others will require a specific heater depending on your elevation. There are two main types of gas with these heaters: natural gas and propane. When choosing the type of gas for your system, verify if you’re going to need a propane tank or if you can run a natural gas line to your heater from the source. If there are any questions about gas, your local gas provider is your best point of contact. Some heaters can be easily converted from natural gas to propane and vice versa, some cannot. We would be happy to review different options with you.
A heat pump is a great way to heat a pool with low energy costs. This option uses electricity, but not nearly as much as an all-electric heater. The primary downfall when it comes to heat pumps is that they’re not very powerful, so the option is limited based on the size of your pool. This heat pump sizing guide can help you determine if a heat pump will support your pool. Using a heat pump in the right conditions is by far the least expensive way to heat water. Not the fastest, but the most efficient. A heat pump is a great way to maintain a temperature at low costs during warmer months. Gas heaters and electric heaters are not greatly affected by outside air or water temperature but heat pumps are. Heat pumps work best in warm or humid climates For that reason, Floridians LOVE heat pumps!
Electric heaters are different from heat pumps as they use electricity to heat an element that heats the water as it passes though. These use a lot of current and voltage to heat the water and is typically used on smaller bodies of water, like spas and small above ground pools. Some of these heaters come salt compatible.
There are many variables involved with sizing a heater. In fact there is so many variables, that there is an entire blog post dedicated to it!
NOx (or oxides of nitrogen) is an emission that is produced in combustion where nitrogen is present (like in the air we breathe) and high temperatures occur. When shopping for heaters, Low NOx is an indicator of the emission being produced is limited. Some parts of the country, such as most of the counties in Southern California counties and certain counties in Texas, require Low NOx emission heaters for commercial applications. Some brands make some models that are Low NOx like Raypak, and others make all their heaters Low NOx like Pentair.
When purchasing a heater for commercial properties, the heater is required to pass a series of tests to be suitable for commercial applications. ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) is the method and design in which we determine if the heater is suitable for commercial applications. These heaters typically come with a stronger heat exchanger and glass lined metal headers.
All heat exchangers for gas heaters are copper. Although copper is a great conductor for heat, they’re horrible when it comes to abrasion since it is such a soft metal. The Cupro-Nickel heat exchanger was created specifically for salt pools or pools with harsh water. These types of heat exchangers are copper that have been nickel plated to be more resistant to the abrasiveness of the salt. If you have a salt pool, these types of heaters are highly recommended for warranty purposes. Also, it’s just a great investment overall for a heavier duty heat exchanger.
Most heaters are compatible with most automation systems regardless of brand. When a heater is installed, the temperature is set at the heater (typically 100-104 F for spas and 75-85 F for pools). Once the heater is connected to automation, the system will tell the heater to turn by a sensor. Depending on your heater, pool set up, and automation system, functionality will be a little different, but the main benefit is being able to set the temperature using the automation system.
Millivolt Standing Pilot
New heaters are turned on electronically with their own electric ignition. Similar to how your gas stove turns on when you hear that clicking sound. Before this technology was available, all we had was a standing pilot. That is nothing more than a flame that is constantly on which turns the system on when the gas runs through the burners. This is now an obsolete technology, and for good reason. These were difficult to keep on during windy seasons, and if the standing pilot remained on while gas was being pumped through your heater, and it suddenly caught ignition, that would equate in a nice little (or large and not so nice) bang!
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