Pool solar heating options

There are several variations of solar systems available. Mainly it depends on how efficient you want the heating or how energy conscious you are.

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Independent pool solar heating

An independent solar system uses dedicated pool inlets and outlets (installed when the pool was built) to draw water in and out of the solar system. This is used when a pool is being built as special fittings need to be installed in the pool shell. Many new pools install these fittings and leave caped pipes beside the filtration system even if the owner is not currently considering pool heating.

Advantages:

  • Works totally independent of the pool filtration system
  • Most efficient form of solar heating
  • The solar pump can be operated independent of the filtration pump

Disadvantages:

  • Must be set up during pool installation

Simultaneous pool solar heating

A simultaneous solar system uses the existing pool plumbing to draw water from the skimmer box and return the warm water back to the pool via the water jets. This system is used when the pool has been installed but you want the efficiency of an independent solar pump.

Advantages:

  • Can be installed after a pool is built
  • The solar pump can be operated independent of the filtration pump

Disadvantages:

  • Not quite as efficient as an independent system

Dependent Pool Solar Heating

A dependent system does not have a dedicated solar pump to pump the pool water up to the roof. It uses your existing pool plumbing and existing pool pump to pump the pool water up to your roof and back.

Advantages:

  • You do not have the cost of a second pump
  • There is no special plumbing required at the pool

Disadvantages:

  • The ideal times to run a solar pump is during the mid-day sun, while the ideal time to run filtration is as early and as late in the day as possible. By having the solar controller control your filtration pump your filtration may not be as efficient