No one likes to jump into a freezing cold pool. Even in the warm California sunshine, splashing into frigid waters can turn what should be a relaxing experience into a scream-ridden scramble for the ladder while you re-enact the last scene from Titanic. But pool heaters are costly, and so are the annual energy bills associated with them. The price of keeping your pool warm with a gas heater can reach upwards of $2,000 per year.
So, are you doomed to wade into the waters of the Arctic Sea every time you want to cool off? Not if you look toward renewable solar heating, which can keep you doing laps in luxury and turn your pool into a temperate heaven.
How Does Solar Pool Heating Work?
Heating your pool with solar takes a number of steps, but the process is affordable, efficient, and worthwhile in the end. What’s more, while it’s great to understand this process, it’s all automated, so you only have to wade into the waters and enjoy that temperate affordable perfection.
Most solar pool heating systems are made up of a solar collector, filter, pump, and flow control valve. These components all work together to seamlessly heat pool water to the desired temperature with no wasteful environmental impact.
The water is first pumped through the filter before it enters the solar collector. Once there, it is heated and then returned to the pool. There are many different kinds of collectors, but for pool heating in California, you’ll most likely require an unglazed system, which includes no glass covering. These are typically composed from heavy-duty rubber or plastic.
How Much Do Solar Pool Heaters Cost?
Glazed solar panels cost far more than their unglazed counterparts. Thankfully, in places like California, glazed heating panels aren’t necessary as they’re only beneficial when used to heat water in below freezing temperatures. This allows California homeowners to save big on hardware costs.
How Much Does Solar Pool Heating Save?
The US Department of Energy estimates that the yearly cost for a Los Angeles homeowner to heat their pool with gas power is $2,904. That information was based off of a sample scenario featuring a 1,000 square-foot outdoor pool heated by an 80% efficient natural gas heater at $0.80 per therm.
A solar heating system priced at $5,500 would pay for itself within two years. In that second year, the homeowner would save $308. But going forward after that, we’re seeing huge savings worth thousands of dollars every single year. (More on the pros and cons of solar panels at PowerScout.com