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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