Sizing and Situating Your Solar Pool Heater
Typically, your solar collector should be at least half the square footage of your pool surface area. This may depend on how much sunshine you receive in your area. For example, residents of Florida or Arizona will be able to get away with smaller sized panels.
The addition of solar pool blanketsr will greatly reduce the size required for your solar pool heating system.
Solar hot tub heaters is usually smaller than a solar swimming pool heater. Typically a 300 gallon hot tub will require a 4' by 8' panel. A 500 gallon hot tub will require a panel 4' by 10.'
Situating your Solar Pool Heating System
Obviously, you want to find the best place to have your collectors facing the sun. If you live in a more northern area, you will likely have one setting for your summer swimming fun. Those who live in warmer states need to adjust the angle of their solar panels to the seasonally moving sunlight.
The most common design for a solar pool heater collector panel uses plastic or polypropylene in small circular tubes. These are esthetically appealing, neatly designed and are a vast improvement on other materials such as copper, which quickly corroded.
The addition of a device called a metering flow plenum adds greatly to the efficiency of a solar pool heating system. Click here to get the full story on solar pool heaters.
Collector Panel Mounting
We recommend that you mount your solar pool heating panels on the ground near the pool. The benefits of this are numerous:
- easier orientation of your panels
- less potential of damage to your roof
- quite often this can be esthetically pleasing, integrated into landscaping.
Some recommend that you mount your panels on your roof, as this is the best use of space. Just be aware of the first two factors listed above.
These might all be things to consider when choosing pool suppliers.
For more northern areas, be aware that the angle of your roof will definitely affect the amount of energy you receive from your solar pool heating system collector array.