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AR Solar - Solar Heating FAQS


How does a solar pool heater work?
A typical solar pool heater system consists of solar panels mounted on your roof which are connected to your existing pool pump by PVC pipe. A valve diverts the cold pool water to the panels on the roof, then the warm solar-heated water returns to the pool. This process is often automated with a controller so that the pool reaches your desired temperature quickly and efficiently.
Can it also cool my pool?
During the hottest part of the summer, running the solar system at night can cool a pool to a more refreshing swimming temperature - down several degrees in one night if the conditions are right. Also, if your pool is too warm, leave the solar blanket off at night to allow more heat to escape.
How much will a solar pool heater cost for my pool?

Solar pool heating system prices for a residential pool can range anywhere from $2000 to $8000. The location and size of the pool, location of the solar panels, desired temperature and season, and type of pool equipment determine system size and costs. Because of all the variables, it is impossible to give an accurate estimate without careful inspection of the site. To set up an appointment for a free analysis and estimate call today!

Will a solar pool heater save me money?
If a pool owner heats their pool with natural gas or electricity, an investment in solar can pay for itself in an average of 2 to 3 years. A swimming pool, with decking and landscaping, represents a sizable investment for the homeowner. Maintenance costs exist whether the pool is used or not. The investment in solar pool heating will assure that the pool is used and enjoyed much more.
How much does a solar pool heater cost to operate?
The majority of residential solar pool heaters use an automatically controlled valve to divert the existing filtration flow to the solar panels, so there is no additional cost to operate the solar pool heater. Some pools might require an additional solar boost pump that would cost a few dollars per month to operate during the swimming season.
How long will the solar equipment last?
Modern solar collectors made of stabilized polypropylene can be expected to last between 15 to 20 years. Many FAFCO solar pool heating systems that were installed over 20 years ago are still going strong.

Should I use a pool cover with a solar pool heating system?

A pool cover prevents evaporation loss, particularly at night. The cover traps the solar heat that has been added during the day. This is very complementary to the solar system. The solar system can be viewed as actively adding heat. The cover retains that heat passively.

Can I use one solar system to heat both my pool and domestic water supply?

No. Swimming pool heaters used are designed to heat a large volume of water (thousands of gallons) to lower temperatures (80),while hot water systems raise less than a hundred gallons to about 130°F. The energy used to heat 100 gallons of water to 130°F daily is a "drop in the bucket" compared to that needed to heat a pool.  In fact, pool heating collectors are generally more efficient at low temperature than the hot water type.

What special maintenance is required on a solar pool heater?

Usually no special maintenance is required during the season. Modern electronic controls allow you to "set and forget" the solar heater. The most common service problem we hear everyday is, "I've got bubbles in my pool when I turn on the solar system. Why?" Most of the time bubbles in your pool are caused by a dirty pool filter. First, try cleaning your pool filter. If you are still experiencing problems, give our troubleshooting experts a call at 972-285-7525