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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Solar Pool Covers: Frequently Asked Questions

Solar pool covers, also often referred to as solar pool blankets, are a purpose designed pool covering used to maintain warm pool water temperatures. Pool blankets are a highly efficient means of heating your pool, with both environmental and economic benefits. Here at Solartech, only use and recommend Daisy pool blankets and rollers, as we trust their effectiveness and quality.

If you have specific solar pool heating questions, our friendly team is available to assist you in choosing the right solar pool heating solution for your pool. Additionally, the following is an outline of some common queries we hear customers ask when considering solar pool covers.

Do solar pool covers really work?

Solar pool covers are designed to transfer heat from the sun using small magnifying bubbles that provide solar heat to the pool water. Pool blankets also provide a lining over the water to prevent heat from escaping. By covering the water, evaporation is minimised which helps the water to retain its heat. Solar pool covers do really work, and can even be combined with solar pool heaters for even better results.

Additionally, installing a Solar blanket will also help to minimise the loss of cleaning chemicals through evaporation, as well as keep the water clean and free from bugs, leaves and debris.

Do solar pool covers go bubbles up or down?

One of the most commonly asked questions by those who purchase a solar pool cover, is whether the bubbles face upwards or downwards. For the solar pool cover to successfully transfer the sun’s heat into the pool water, the bubbles must face downwards. This is because the sun’s heat gets trapped inside the bubbles. If the bubbles are facing away from the water, they will not be able to transfer the heat into the water. If the bubbles are placed the wrong way up, the solar blanket will become damaged over time as the heat will deteriorate the bubbles, with the bubbles unable to release the heat stored within them.

Should I leave my solar pool cover on during the day?

For best results, put the solar pool cover on whenever the pool is not being used. During the day is the best time to gain heat from the sun within your solar blanket. But it is also beneficial to leave the solar blanket on at night, as this will significantly reduce evaporation and loss of heat.

How do you keep a solar pool cover from blowing off?

If the solar pool cover is well-fitted, with no edges ascending above the pool edges, it shouldn’t blow off in the wind. Wind will generally push down onto the cover, keeping it in place. That is unless the solar blanket is too big and extends over the sides of the pool, or the blanket is cut too small and doesn’t align with the perimeter of the pool. A incorrectly fitted solar blanket will allow air to pass underneath, lifting it from the pool.

For best results, ensure that there are no gaps in between the edge of the pool and the edge of the solar blanket, so that the wind is unable to lift up any edges and flow under the solar blanket. A well fitted blanket will also increase the overall effectiveness of your solar pool blanket.

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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Is solar pool heating expensive?

Every Australian family dreams of enjoying their pool in both the warmer and cooler months of the year. However, with installation and running costs of pool heating, you may assume that it isn’t achievable. It is true that there are setup and running costs to consider but solar pool heating is a solution which can make swimming a reality throughout the majority of the year.

Surprisingly solar power is actually an inexpensive way of heating your pool, and can dramatically decrease overall running costs when compared to other heating methods. Solar pool heaters utilise the sun’s energy to circulate heated water throughout your pool. This is why it is so cost effective. Solar pool heating systems work by pumping the pool water through a series of tubes that are connected to solar panels, often located on your roof. The solar panels use the sun’s heat energy to warm the pool water and distribute it back into the pool.

How much does it cost to install and operate solar pool heating?

The cost of purchasing and installing solar pool heating is dependent on the following factors:

  • The size of the pool? Larger pools will require more solar panels.
  • Will you use a swimming pool cover/blanket in conjunction with solar pool heating?
  • Where will the solar panels be placed? Will they be covered by shade at certain times of the day?
  • What is the climate like? Cooler areas may require more solar panels.
  • If the solar panels will be secured to your roof, is the roof pitch effective? Is the roof colour effective for conducting heat?

Solar Pool Heating Solutions start at around $3,000 and can exceed $7,000 for larger pools. The larger the pool, the more it will cost. But it is important to buy the right amount of solar panels for your pool. If you buy less than what is required to lower the price, you will not receive the results you were hoping for and your solar pool heating will be less effective.

When searching for a Solar Pool Heating company, it is important to ensure that they use high quality products that are built to last. You will find that some companies are lower in price, however this is often achieved through supplying and installing products that are of a lower quality. This will then result in less effective pool heating and cost you more in the long run with maintenance and/or replacement costs.

How much does solar pool heating cost to run?

Solar power is a great solution for heating your pool as it has minimal impact on both the environment and your wallet. Once the solar panels are installed, you should expect to pay less than a dollar a day to keep your solar pool heating system running. It is a much cheaper option than gas and electric heat pumps, which can cost around $750 per year to run. A Solar Pool Heating system will generally pay for itself within two years of its installation.

Is solar pool heating worth it?

Solar pool heating not only reduces the cost of heating your pool, but also extends your swimming season, so that you can enjoy swimming beyond the summer months. It is also the most environmentally friendly way to heat your pool, as it utilises the sun’s natural energy. Therefore, using solar power to heat your pool is most definitely worthwhile for people who want to enjoy their pool for up to 9 months of the year.

If you are interested in extending your swimming season by several months each year, and you are Looking to Install Solar Heating or a Pool Heat Pump, then request a FREE assessment from Solartech Pool Heating today! Our friendly team is available to discuss your Solar Pool Heating needs and find the best option for you.

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 Quotation on (02) 9674 1900 or email us at sales@solartech.net.au

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Extend Summer with Solar Panel Pool Heating

Solar Pool Heating is an environmentally conscious and highly effective pool heating options that can prolong the comfortable summer swimming temperatures of your pool, and extend the swimming season for you and your family.

Installing some of the various solar pool heating options to your pool is a popular way to keep your pool heated and yet keep the overall running costs low. Solar pool heating options such as solar panel pool heating and solar pool blankets take advantage of the heat supplied by the sun and distribute that heat throughout your pool.

Solar panel pool heating systems pump pool water through a series of tubes which are connected to a solar panel which uses heat from the sun’s rays to warm the cool pool water and recirculate it back into the pool. Using a digital controller you can select the desired water temperatures and ensure your pool is set for your ideal swimming comfort.

A solar pool blanket is an effective way to trap the warm water in your pool, by creating a layer above the water’s surface to significantly reduce evaporation and escaping heat. Additionally, solar pool blankets use bubbles throughout their surface to increase heat retention and strengthen the blanket to increase its life. For extra convenience, pool blankets can be installed on manual or electric rollers for assistance when rolling out and reeling in your solar pool blanket.

How much longer could my swimming season be?
With the use of solar panel heating and solar pool blankets, you can extend your swimming season beyond summer and into the cooler months. Solar heating products can keep your pool water warm and comfortable for swimming up to 4-6 weeks on either side of the Summer months.

How much warmer will the pool water be?
Solar panel heaters generally heat the pool water temperature by 5-8°C. But achieving a significant rise in temperature is dependent on a number of factors.

What factors impact solar pool heating performance?
For example, the solar collectors used in your solar pool heating systems need to be large for heating to make a worthwhile impact. If the pool and solar collectors are covered by shade for portions of the day, this will negatively impact the ability of the solar panel heaters to heat your pool. Also, if your pool is located in an area that receives high volumes of wind, you will require more solar collectors, as wind causes water to evaporate, therefore resulting in loss of heat.

If your solar panel heaters are fixed to your roof, then the pitch of your roof, the roof material and colour will play a role in determining the effectiveness of your solar pool heating. Dark coloured roofs that are constructed from metal are generally best for conducting heat.

Keep in mind that solar panel heaters are still effective on overcast days, however the amount of solar energy collected is generally reduced by up to half of what would normally be collected on a clear sunny day.

Choosing an Installation Company to Install Solar Panel Heaters
When searching for the right company to supply and install your solar panel heating system, be sure to look for the following:

  1. Search for a company that is highly experienced in not only installing but also maintaining solar panel heating systems.
  2. Ensure that the company has all the necessary licences to install solar panel heaters.
  3. Narrow down companies that are highly knowledgeable and provide you with quality advice regarding the pool heating options they offer.
  4. Only select a company that uses high quality products from reputable and reliable brands.
  5. Look for extended warranties and be sure to check what is not covered under warranty.
  6. Ensure the company is competitively priced, with no hidden fees.

If you and your family are interested in enjoying the fun and comfort of your pool beyond Summer, look into Installing a Solar Panel Heater from Solartech Solar Pool Heating today! Contact our team for a FREE Solar Pool Heating Assessment and hear what we can offer for your pool.

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