Maybe you’ve heard of using solar to heat your pool but do you know how it works? Here, our experts explain solar pool heating in California.
Solar pool heating in California is a popular and energy-efficient way to keep your swimming pool open later into the summer and fall. We hear questions all the time about how it works so we’ve compiled a list of the questions we get most frequently.
What’s Involved In The Installation Of Solar Pool Heating?
All you need for a solar-heated pool is a panel, a pump, and a filter. You likely already have a pump on your pool, so the only equipment you need is a solar panel, a filter, and piping to get your pool water to your roof and back down to your pool.
At UMA Solar, all of the equipment used for solar pool heating systems is made with surgical-grade plastic. We use a unique injection over-molding process, and our patented components are designed to be part of a safe and low-maintenance solar pool heating system.
How Do Solar Panels Heat Pool Water?
Once you have your new solar panels installed on your roof, how do they heat the water? Simple. Your pool pump pushes the water through a filter to get rid of leaves and other debris, then the water is pumped up to the solar panel on your roof. As the water moves through the panel, it is heated by the sun, then it flows back into your pool. This process repeats until your pool water is as toasty-warm as you like it.
And unlike solar water heaters that are used indoors, solar pool heaters do not require a storage tank. Your pool is the storage tank so there is no other equipment needed.
What Are The Ongoing Costs Associated With Solar Pool Heating?
Once your installation is complete, there is no ongoing operation cost for solar pool heating in California. The only cost you’ll have is from your pool pump, which would be running anyway.
If you were to install an electric heating system, you’d be looking at electric bills of up to $200 a month to run the electric pump. Not only is solar a more carbon-conscious option, but it’s also much more energy-efficient, which is good for your pocketbook.
Should You DIY A Solar Pool Heating System?
You may be wondering at this point if you can DIY your solar pool heating in California. There are several reasons we do not recommend doing this particular project yourself.
- Liability – Using a professional to install your solar pool heating system protects you from liability in the event of an injury.
- Warranty – Some manufacturers will only honor the warranty if the equipment is installed by a licensed and insured contractor.
- Operation – The best way to have your solar pool heating in California operating in tip-top shape is to have a professional install it.
- Safety – Installing equipment on a roof can be dangerous if you’re not properly trained.
How Do You Get Started?
Are you ready to get the best solar pool heating in California? Great! Here’s what you need to do. Contact us at UMA Solar and we will connect you with a dealer in your area. We can also answer any questions you may have about solar pool heating. We look forward to helping you extend your swim season!