“If you are heating your pool with gas the payback is usually around three years and if you are heating it with electricity then the payback is likely one year. After the payback period then its free heat for years and years. Its very similar to conventional heating methods except you are utilizing free energy,” said Kristian Emrich, Vice President of Solarponics.
The initial cost of solar pool heating is comparable with other popular pool heating methods, electric and gas, without the operating costs. Furthermore, solar pool heating systems keep your pool warm for months longer than typical heating methods. Solarponics homeowners reported being able to utilize their pool up to four months longer than before.
Solar pool heating panels heat the water by capturing heat from the sun and transferring it to the pool using solar collectors, or tubes, which are different from Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. A pump circulates the water from the pool through a filter, then through the collectors to heat the water before returning it to the pool.
“Solar Pool heating is a very simple concept. If the temperature of the panels is greater than the temperature of the pool water than the system turns on and starts pumping water through the collectors. Typically the system runs with your filtration schedule so that your energy bills do not increase, rather your pool pump milti-tasks,”
Solar pool heating systems are operated automatically, ensuring the pool stays the perfect temperature. Solarponics uses Heliocol collectors, the same collectors utilized by the summer Olympic games to regulate water temperatures and heat the million gallons of water in the 2012 Summer Olympic swimming pool. These collectors also come with a warranty, which lasts 10 years.
Solarponics is the Central Coast’s alternative energy pioneer, helping residents achieve energy independence for over 35 years. The longest continuously owned and operated solar company in California, Solarponics has been family owned and operated since 1975. Solarponics can install and service solar electric systems, solar hot water, wind energy systems, solar pool heating and radiant heating systems. For more information,