Labor Day is a like a big switch turning the summer “off” and the fall “on”. Kids go back to school, your summer whites get packed away, you drain your pool…..but does it have to be like that?
We can’t do much about school deadlines and fashion, but we do have some good news about your pool. A simple solar pool heating system could have you swimming for weeks or even months beyond your usual shut-down date.
A pool can be a significant investment, averaging about $25,000. A solar pool heating system usually costs between $3,000 and $4,000 to buy and install, but it makes sense if it allows you to continue swimming into October and beyond. The size of the panels you will need will depend on a number of factors including the size of your pool, how long you would like to continue swimming in it, the average temperatures in your area and how warm you’d like your pool to be. You also have the option of over-sizing your system so that it could provide hot water for your daily household needs, too (for more information check out our solar hot water heating section).
Your solar panels can either be mounted on a nearby roof or ground mounted on a tilted rack and, just like panels for your home, the location and orientation of the panels will play a role in their efficiency. With proper maintenance and installation, your solar pool heating system will run smoothly for 10 to 20 years, allowing you to get the maximum benefit from the initial investment you made in your pool.
With a solar pool heater, you literally could be soaking in the sun every autumn. It’s just one more way solar energy is improving our lives. For more detailed information about solar pool heating visit energy.gov solar swimming pool heaters.