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Old 04-10-2009, 03:24 PM
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Has any one put solar heating on there pool . What brand did you use , was it easy to install and did it really work . thanks in advance.
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I have it. No idea of the brand, sorry about that. Yes, it definitely works and doesn't cost me a thing. Solar pool heating is pretty cheap, it is the solar hot water for your home that costs alot. Your installer might work with you and play with the amounts for each unit so that most of the cost is the home hot water which has a tax credit available.
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It is working for me on the pool. Because of the way we use hot water, I think the pay back on solar hot water for the house would be much longer in my case.

Pool equipment is Heliocol. Purchased and installed by Solar Source. Here is their web site. https://www.solarsource.net/content/...tegory/67/181/
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I am not sure of the brand but it works very good for my needs but I have to use the cover during the fall and spring to keep the temp up. I purchased mine from cheappoolproducts.com. I installed 8 panels over a weekend and my pool right now is 85* with cover on. Once full summer time is here no cover it gets way too hot, I have to turn the solar off at times. Best bang for the buck imho.
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We have it also. Calling it "solar heating" always makes me chuckle. When I think of solar power I think of solar panels that convert sunlight to electricity. The stuff used for pools is really just a collection of small tubes. The tubes are heated by the sun and the pool water passing through it gets warmed the same way. But they DO work. I stopped using a cover (too much hassel) and we've been in the pool from mid February through mid October. I generally won't go near the pool unless its at least 82 degrees.

In the summer we run the filter at night and set the panels to cool - the water runs through the tubes and dissipates heat which is great ... without that the water temp would be at 90 or above from June through September and thats just TOO warm. Running the filter and panels at night gets the temp down to 85 which is perfect in my book.
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LittleMrs - Is your valve to the solar manual or automatic? If automatic how were you able to get it to "cool"? This will be our 1st summer and I am concerned about the pool getting to warm.
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I just had a pool built in the backyard and i'm also very interested in the solar heating option. The pool is relatively small (16x32x8), and there's a storage shed nearby that might be big enough for the panels. Would any of you who have installed solar mind giving some costs associated with the equipment and installation? thanks!
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Hydro, go to cheappoolproducts.com they have a sizing chart for pools (how many panels) You can order the kits and do it yourself. You will have to buy the pipe, fasteners and fittings at the diy stores. You need basic knowledge of plumbing and dont skimp on the roof tar when sealing the screws into roof if you have tar shingles. My total system probaly cost about $1500 with pipe and valves and a case of beer for the installer that was me. My pool is about the same size as yours and I used 8 panels. LittleMrs has a good idea with running the pump at night to cool it back down, if your neighbors or the people on the other side of the house, dont mind listening to a pump runnin all night

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