Causes of Pool Heat Loss and How to Prevent it

Water evaporation is the number one reason for pool heat loss, responsible for 75% of heat loss for both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Although, sometimes water evaporation is confused with a pool leak, as both scenarios cause your water level to drop faster than usual; to figure out the problem, try a Bucket Test.

Evaporation occurs when the pool’s temperature is greater than the air temperature; the more significant the temperature difference, the more evaporation occurs. Although some other factors – like wind and humanity – increase evaporation and heat loss exponentially.

When looking for affordable techniques to retain pool heat, any solar energy device is the best place to start, especially because we live in sunny Australia!

Typically, in Australia, solar panel heaters are the best and most popular choice for pool heating as the technology works best in warm and sunny climates. Solar Panel Heaters are more consistent throughout the year, as the power collected on hot summer days can be used in the depth of the cold winters.

Solar Pool Cover

A solar cover or solar blanket for pool is the most cost-effective solution to retain heat in the swimming pool and prevent pool heat loss, because the cover tackles the root cause of heat loss, evaporation.

While there are many solar covers for pools available on the market, from solar rings, liquid solar covers to solar blankets. Notably, floating rings are not a practical solution, as solar floating rings leave large gaps between each other, so debris can fall into the pool and do not retain as much heat. Eventually, the rings sink to the pool floor and can no longer be used.

Instead, the best solar pool cover is a one-piece solar blanket because this device is the most effective cover to stop debris from getting into the pool and stop heat loss. The solar blanket for pool acts like a shield, protecting the water from sporadic gusts of wind, cold rain and other forces of nature that contributes to the cooling of your pool’s water.

Not only are solar blankets a protective lid for your pool, at Solartech, our specially designed blankets also absorb solar heat, which is then transferred into the water, keeping your pool at an ideal swimming temperature. This ability reduces water evaporation from intense direct sunlight and improves heat retention.

At Solartech, we supply Daisy Solar Pool Blankets and Rollers, which not only act as a covering to block out trash getting into your pool, but also deliver maximum heating, insulation, durability and value. Daisy’s commercial rollers are built tough from marine grade aluminium and stainless steel to provide years of trouble-free, reliable service and carry a 10-year pro-rata warranty.

Investing in a good quality solar blanket for pool creates a barrier between the wind and the water surfaces, helping stop 99% of water evaporation. With outstanding thermal properties, you’ll never worry about heat loss through Solartech’s premium solar blanket for pool.

Solar Pool Pump & Solar Panel Heater

If you are looking for a rapid way to heat your swimming pool effectively and still want a cost-effective solution, a solar pool heater or a solar pool pump are the best options.

Instead of using gas or electricity, our solar pool pumps and solar panel heaters collect heat from the sun and draw warm air from the atmosphere. Contrary to common belief, our high-quality solar pool heaters produce heating for your pool all year round, regardless of whether the sun has been out that day or that week!

A Solar Water Heater for a Pool is a small appliance using panels, placed out of the way on your roof to collect solar energy. Solar panel heating is the most energy-efficient method of pool heating, usually increasing pool temperatures by 6-10 degrees. Even on a 20-degree day, a solar panel heater will effectively heat your pool up to 30 degrees!

Combining Pool Solar Heating Devices

We get it – some customers want a cheap and easy solution to heat their pool, but would you use your air conditioner or heater and leave your home’s windows open? It seems like a waste, right? Well, pool heating works the same; without a solar blanket, the heat from a solar pump can evaporate.

The most cost-effective and best-performing method of heating your swimming pool is using two or more solar heating solutions simultaneously, for example, combining a solar panel heater with a solar pool pump and a solar blanket for your pool.

A Solar Pool Pump will achieve your desired temperature, while the solar panel heater will sustain the temperature, and the solar blanket will shield the water from outside elements.

A solar pool pump works most efficiently on cloudy days and during sun-less nights, while a solar panel heater works best on sunnier days to maintain the solar pool pump’s hard work.

Working together, the multiple solar heating systems will easily keep your pool at your desired temperature around the clock. You can still feel guilt-free even if you use multiple devices, as this form of Solar Heating is Environmentally Friendly.

What is the Most Cost-Effective Prevention for Pool Heat Loss?

Swimming pool heat pump prices are primarily dependent on the size of your pool. For example, a larger pool will need a larger solar heating unit to be most effective. That said, environmental conditions and climate will also help determine the best solar pool heater product necessary for your home. But in general, the solar pool heater cost could go from anywhere between $3,000 to $7,000.

If you and your family are itching to get back into the pool, then reach out to the Solartech team today for a FREE Solar Pool Heating Assessment. You can enjoy the many benefits of solar pool heating for the summer swimming season and beyond!

At Solartech Pool Heating, we have sold and serviced professional pool heating systems in Sydney for over 20 years. We supply and install Solar Pool Heating systems for customers nationwide. If you are looking for a Solar Pool Heating Solution or want to learn more about extending your swimming season, then get in contact with our friendly team for a FREE Quote on (02) 9674 1900 or via email at sales@solartech.net.au

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Factors to Consider When Selecting a Solar Pool Heater

It is important to consider the many unique characteristics of your family and home in order to choose your perfect pool heater. Such a big decision can become overwhelming, which is why SolarTech has put together the top five considerations pool owners must think about in order to select the solar-powered pool heater perfect for their family.

Once you understand the following five considerations, selecting the right swimming pool heating option should be reasonably straightforward, leaving you without regrets. The right type of pool heater will depend on several factors, including your home’s climate, the roofing of your home, how your pool is regularly used, the pool’s material and your budget.

Climate and Average Temperature

It is essential to consider if your homes specific location is suitable for a solar-powered pool heater. The average temperature has a dramatic impact on the effectiveness of the solar-powered pool heater.

For example, in Sydney summers, backyard swimming pools are roughly five degrees warmer than backyard swimming pools in Melbourne summers. As a result, pools in Sydney require a less intensive solar-powered pool heater. In contrast, Melbourne’s backyard pools will benefit from a larger solar-powered pool heater, or a combination of a solar pool blanket and solar pool roller from Daisy.

Although in general, solar panel heaters are not recommended for backyards that get little sun exposure or are located in areas with an extended wet season, like the areas at the most northern points of Australia.

The wind is another critical weather consideration that impacts solar panel heating, as high wind areas cause a pool to lose heat fast. Solar panel heating is still an option, but again you may benefit from using a combination of solar-powered heating methods to maintain the desired pool temperature.

But typically, in Australia, solar-powered pool heaters are the best and most popular choice of heating for pools as the technology works best in a warm and sunny climate. Solar panel heaters are more consistent throughout the year when compared to other forms of pool heating. As the power collected on hot summer days can be used in the depth of the cold winters. Solar pool pumps are also the most environmentally friendly method of heating a pool, as energy is collected from the sun and is the most cost-effective option.

Roof Considerations

At SolarTech, we have a few different solar pool heating systems options; some require available roof space to house solar panels. There are a few optimal factors to make sure a solar panel heater suits your family’s needs, including roof orientation, roof material and roof colour.

North facing roofs are the ideal roof place to provide sufficient solar panel heating, although west-facing or flat roofs can be sufficient in sunny climates. Metal and dark coloured roofs are the most solar-friendly roof material, as it retains heat and transfers heat most efficiently in contrast to other roofing options.

The amount of shade and physical obstructions covering your house will also affect the solar panel heating efficiency. You may need to add additional solar panels to collect adequate heat for your pool.

How Your Pool Will Be Used, and Who Will Be Using It

If your pool’s primary purpose is for relaxation, you will want to ensure water is heated to a comfortable temperature. In contrast, people swimming laps would require a less powerful solar-powered pool heater.

If your family only plans to use the pool in summer, a solar-powered pool heater is not as necessary. But to ensure maximum usage, a solar water heater will make your pool a better investment. Allowing you and your family to get enjoyment from your pool during the cooler months

The type of people using your pool also impacts the best solar heating option for you. A solar-powered pool heater is essential for small children and elderly individuals in order to make their swimming experience more comfortable. Solar panel heating is the most energy-efficient method of pool heating, usually increasing pool temperatures by 6-10 degrees. Even on a 20-degree day, a solar-powered pool heater will effectively heat your pool up to 30 degrees!

The Type and Size of Your Pool

The most important consideration on this list when choosing a solar-powered pool heating system depends on the type of pool you have and its unique characteristics.

As with most pool heating methods, your pool’s surface area and size will affect the best type of solar pool heating option for you. The smaller the pool, the more likely you will need a super-powerful heating system in order to effectively heat up the large area. Specifically, above ground pools tend to be smaller and usually only require a small heating system.

Concrete is a naturally cold material and does not absorb heat well, so concrete pools are generally colder and therefore require a more robust solar-powered pool heating system. Whereas fibreglass is much more effective at retaining heat, warming up pool water quickly, and consequently, the pool heating system will not need to be as powerful.

Your Budget for Swimming Pool Heating

Swimming pool heating prices are primarily dependent on the size of your pool. For example, a larger pool will need a larger solar heating unit to be most effective. That said, environmental conditions and climate will also help determine the best solar pool heating product necessary for your home. But in general, a solar pool heating system could cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000.

If you and your family are itching to get back in the pool, then reach out to the Solartech team today for a FREE Solar Pool Heating Assessment. You can enjoy the many benefits of solar pool heating for the summer swimming season and beyond!

At Solartech Pool Heating, we have sold and serviced professional pool heating systems in Sydney for over 20 years. We supply and install Solar Pool Heating systems for customers nationwide. If you are looking for a Solar Pool Heating Solution or want to learn more about extending your swimming season, then get in contact with our friendly team for a FREE Quote on (02) 9674 1900 or via email at sales@solartech.net.au.

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Keeping your pool warm in the cooler months

Fortunately, swimming doesn’t need to be reserved for the warmer months only. With a solar pool heating system, you and your family can enjoy swimming in your pool even when the weather cools down.

What is a solar pool system?

A solar pool system uses the sun’s natural energy to heat the pool water, making this an environmentally friendly option. Pool water travels up to a series of solar panels that are installed on the roof of your home via a pool solar pump. The solar panels heat the water and return warm water to the pool. This process is repeated until all of the cold water in the pool has been warmed to a comfortable swimming temperature. For best results, a solar pool heating system should be used in conjunction with a solar blanket/ solar pool cover.

What is a solar blanket?

A solar blanket or solar pool cover is placed over your pool to help maintain the water temperature and stop heat from evaporating. Solar pool covers consist of bubbles that intensify the heat received from the sun. Solar blankets also help to keep pools clean and reduce the amount of cleaning chemicals lost through evaporation.

 How much longer can I swim beyond Summer?

Through using a solar pool system in conjunction with a solar pool cover, you and your family can enjoy swimming for 4-6 weeks before Summer begins, as well as after Summer. A solar pool system will typically heat the pool water by 5-8°C, providing that the conditions are favourable. Though, there are numerous factors that can impact the amount of heat generated, such as wind, which can result in the loss of heat through evaporation. Shade, roof pitch and the colour and material of your roof, can also impact the solar pool system’s ability to heat your pool. However, more solar panels can be added to counteract these issues.

What does a solar pool cost?

Pricing depends on the size of the pool, as a larger pool will need more solar panels to be effective. That said, environmental conditions and climate will also play a role in determining how many solar panels are necessary. Though generally, a solar pool heating system will cost $3,000-$7,000, with the possibility of systems for very large pools costing more.

If you and your family are itching to get back in the pool, despite the cooler weather, then reach out to the Solartech team today for a FREE Solar Pool Heating Assessment.

Solartech pool heating has been providing only the very best in solar pool heating systems for over 20 years. Supplying and installing solar pool heating panels for clients nationwide. If you are looking for a solar pool heating company to provide comfortable pool temperatures year round, then don’t hesitate to contact solartech pool heating on (02) 9674 1900 or email us at sales@solartech.net.au

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Benefits of a Pool Heat Pump

When considering whether to purchase a Pool Heat Pump, it is important to first understand the how Pool Heat Pumps work. Pool Heat Pumps take the ambient temperature outside and convert it into heat, therefore allowing the pool to heat effectively with very little expended electricity.

If you are looking for an efficient and effective way to heat your pool, a heat pump is a popular choice for many pool owners. To help you decide, below are four key benefits of using a Pool Heat Pump to heat your pool.

Energy Efficiency

Heat Pump Pool Heaters are a very efficient means of heating your pool. Unlike gas pool heaters that rely on the burning of fuel, and electric pool heaters that rely on resistors, a heat pump pool heater uses heat that is generated naturally via the sun’s rays. Pool heat pump heaters actually generate more energy than they use, making them one of the most energy efficient pool heating options available.

Environmentally Friendly

Gas heaters require the burning of fossil fuels to generate heat, which in turn releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Heat Pump Pool Heaters on the other hand, don’t produce any carbon dioxide emissions at all and therefore are a very environmentally friendly option for heating your pool.

Cost Effective

Heat Pump Pool Heaters require minimal electricity to run, and as stated earlier, produce more energy than they use. This in turn helps to keep running costs very low. Initially pool heat pump prices may be higher than gas Heaters, but they make up for it down the track with lower operating costs than gas alternatives.

Durability

Gas and electric pool heaters may be cheaper to install, however they cost more to operate and don’t last as long as heat pump pool heaters. It is common for gas and electric pool heaters to last for 5 to 10 years, whilst in comparison, you can expect a heat pump pool heater to last for 25 years. That said, be sure to service your heat pump pool heater annually to maintain peak performance and increase its lifespan.

Here at Solartech Pool Heating, it is our mission to provide our customers with only the finest quality products. This is why we’ve spent a lot of time testing almost every heat pump pool heater on the market, to ensure that our products are indeed the best.

We only recommend EvoHeat Pool Heat Pumps to our clients. They are our heat pump brand of choice, due to their energy efficiency, cost effectiveness and durability. They are built to withstand harsh Australian conditions and are also kind to the environment and include a 25 year warranty.

Click here to read more about the Heat Pump Pool Heaters that we can install for you.

If you’d like to reap the benefits of solar pool heating, solar matting and heat pump pool heaters, so that you can extend your swimming season, then we can install a dual system for you. A dual system pool heating solution uses a solar powered pool heater in conjunction with a heat pump pool heater. This will allow you to enjoy the low cost heating that is provided by solar pool heating in the summer months, and then revert to the pool heat pump when the solar pool heating is less effective.

Solartech Pool Heating has been providing only the very best in Solar Pool Heating Systems for over 20 years. Supplying and Installing both Solar Pool Heating Panels and Heat Pumps, for clients nationwide. If you are looking for a Solar Pool Heating Company in Sydney to provide comfortable pool temperatures year round, then don’t hesitate to contact Solartech Pool Heating for a Free Assessment and Quotation on (02) 9674 1900 or email us at sales@solartech.net.au

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Pool Heating Options

If you have been considering Heating Your Pool, then it is fair to say that you may be a little confused by the many different Pool Heating Options which are available.

It is possible to heat your pool in a number-of-ways, and depending on where you live, to the position your pool is facing, can have an impact on the type of Pool Heating System you may select to install.

There are also other contributing factors, which you will need to consider, when deciding on the most appropriate Pool Heating Option. From the size of your pool, your budget, and even your preferred energy choice, you really need to look at all the options available to you, in order-to ensure the heating of your pool, is in line with your Pool Heating Expectations.

When deciding on how to heat your pool, you will also need to ensure you understand the exact heating specifications, to enable you to make an informed decision. For example, if you wish to swim all-year-round, then a Solar Pool Heating Option is more than likely not the way to go. In this case, you would be needing to install a Pool Heating System which can heat your pool, even when it is cold outside and when there is no sun present. This is where you would need to consider a continuous pool heating source via either an Electric Pump or Gas Pool Heating system. This type of pool heating system could be quite expensive, not only to supply and install, but also the energy consumption to heat your pool, would be quite significant, and not for everyone.

However, if you would still like to extend your swimming season by a couple to a few months each year, then a Solar Pool Heating System, would certainly be the way to go. A Solar Pool Heating Option, has the following benefits:

  • Inexpensive to supply and install
  • Provides a consistent flow of heated water when the sun is out
  • Is extremely cheap to run, as the Sun is free
  • Is easy to service and maintain

Additionally, if you don’t have the budget to install a Solar Pool Heating System but you would still like to keep the water in your pool insulated and warmer to a certain degree, then you should consider a Daisy Pool Blanket.  A Pool Blanket, traps the heat in the pool, and helps to conserve water and may also extend your swimming season as well.

Daisy Pool Covers, also help to support the effectiveness of your Solar Pool Heating System, as it also eliminates 97% of pool water evaporation.

When deciding on a Pool Heating Option, you should also take-into-account, the quality and reliability of the Pool Heating Products. Ensure your Pool Heating System, has a good warranty and is supported by easily accessible parts here in Australia, as you want to ensure parts are readily available during the time when you would like to be swimming.

It is also recommended that you contact your local energy provider to get an idea on the annual expected running costs, to see what you could expect to pay, for the various Pool Heating Options available, to ensure you will able to make the correct choice that will suit your budget and your families’ requirements.

At Solartech Pool Heating, we can provide informed Pool Heating Advice, the best Pool Heating Options available on the market, to suit your specific requirements and budgets, and if you are interested to extend your swimming season by several months each year, and are looking to Install Heating in your Pool, then look no further.

Solartech Pool Heating has been providing only the very Best in Pool Heating Systems for over 20 years. Supplying and Installing both Solar Pool Heating and Pool Heat Pumps, for clients nationwide. If you are looking for a Solar Pool Heating Company in Sydney to extend your swimming season, then don’t hesitate to contact Solartech Pool Heating for a Free Quotation on (02) 9674 1900 or email us at sales@solartech.net.au