A solar pool heater is simple to operate and doesn’t change the way you operate standard pool equipment.
The process includes:
Solar collectors are usually mounted on the roof of your home or other structure such as a shed or garage. This is the least expensive option and doesn’t take up extra space on the property. When suitable roof space is not available, collectors can be ground-mounted on a rack.
The existing pool pump is used to circulate water from the pool through the solar collectors and back to the pool. On sunny days, an automatic controller diverts the water to the roof by a motorized valve. The automatic valve uses special temperature sensors to determine when the solar collectors should be used.
For those on a budget, a manual valve can be used. However, this tends to be an impractical option for most people because the valve must be turned at least twice a day at exactly the right time.
Water is pumped through the filter, typically 6 to 8 hours a day. If the water is cooler than the desired temperature the controller turns the solar valve to direct water to the solar panels. The solar panels heat the water 3° to 5° per circulation. The check valves hinder the water to flow in the wrong direction. Without using the heater, a solar pool system can heat water to 75° or higher for 8 months.