AR Solar - Green Energy for Swimming Pools

AR Solar - How Solar Heating for Your Swimming Pool Works

Heating your pool with solar energy is really quite simple. Cold water is pumped from your pool through the solar panels where it is warmed by heat collected from the sun. The warm water is then pumped back into your pool giving you luxuriously warm water and plenty of extended swim time.

A FAFCO system from AR Solar includes solar collectors - easily mounted on your roof - a solar sensor and an automatic control unit.
  1. Set your desired water temperature.
  2. Sensor determines most efficient time to run.
  3. Your pool pump sends cold water from the pool through solar collectors.
  4. Solar collectors heat the water.
  5. Warm, solar-heated water flows back to your pool.
Considerations for Solar Pool Heaters

An effective solar pool heating system from AR Solar can be installed for almost any pool. AR Solar is the best resource to determine the ideal installation for your individual home and pool configuration. In addition to where you live, there are a number of factors that are considered when optimizing a solar pool heating system.

Factor 1: What is the ideal orientation for my solar panels?
Orientation Explanation
The ideal orientation for your solar panels is a south-facing pitched roof, near the pool, with enough space for mounting the required number of panels.
An installation on a west-facing roof works well for summer heating, in some installations the panel area may need to be increased.
Eastern exposures tend to be less effective and, therefore, less economical. Increasing the panel area is the recommended approach for an eastern orientation.
Northern exposures are not usually recommended, except in certain areas of the country.

Fortunately, the modular nature of the solar panel makes it easy to tailor the system to a specific site. Be certain that the orientation you select is not shaded by trees or other structures. Remember, the effectiveness of a solar system is directly dependent on the amount of direct sunlight that the panels receive.

AR Solar can work with you to identify the ideal orientation and location for your solar pool heating system.

Factor 2: What is the best inclination for the solar panels?
Season Inclination
Equal to the latitude of installation. For example, the panels for an installation in Tampa, Florida would be at 27 degrees of an angle since Tampa is located at 27 degrees latitude.
Summer Equal to the latitude minus 10 to 15 degrees.
Winter Equal to the latitude plus 10 to 15 degrees.
The inclination of the solar panels is less important than their orientation. However, the inclination should always exceed 10 degrees to ensure proper drainage.
Factor 3: How many panels will I need?
The "rule of thumb" for sizing a swimming pool solar heating system 50% to 100% of the pool's surface area in solar panels. For example, a 480 square foot pool (32 feet by 15 feet) needs 240 to 480 square feet of solar panel area.
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