DIY Solar Pool Heating for Green Living

A solar pool heater means your family and friends can enjoy dipping in the pool any time of the day without the use of fossil fuels. This results in savings for your household. A DIY solar pool heating solution will bring in even more savings.

There are three conventional methods of heating your pool. You can opt for electric heating, utilize a propane heater, or cove your pool. However, pool heaters using gas and electricity can be expensive. Because of the added expense, some people choose not to heat their pools at all.

When a pool is not heated it can be unusable — especially during the colder times of the year. If you embark on a DIY solar pool heating project, you’ll be harnessing the power of the sun to do the job for you. Then you can use your outdoor pool even on cold evenings.

A DIY solar pool heater uses solar energy, which is a renewable energy source. That means you’ll save energy while reducing the carbon footprint of your household, so you’ll also be helping the environment.

You can buy a solar pool heating kit for about $2000 at your local home improvement store, or you can build a DIY solar pool heater for much less. Building one is simple and requires basic skills. You can find instructions for a DIY solar pool heater on this web site.

One of the components of a DIY solar pool heater is a circulating pump. The size of the pump will depend on the size of the pool. For a 30,000 liter pool, you’ll need a 15 to 20 watt pump. There are solar-powered pumps available.

There are several DIY solar pool heating kits available on the market for different situations. Some systems are installed on rooftops while others are installed right next to the pool. Be sure to read the manual to determine the right one for your needs.

When choosing a solar pool heating system for your home, you must first determine the size of your pool and the weather patterns of your location. That way you can maximize the potential of your system.

Keep in mind that warm water is a breeding ground for algae and bacteria. You must treat  your swimming pool water with chlorine to avoid it going bad. Aside from a DIY solar pool heating system, you must also cover your pool when not in use.


2 Responses to “DIY Solar Pool Heating for Green Living”

  1. Peter Evans March 2, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    Hi Grace,

    You have nice points there on heating the pool. However, I think you should have also mentioned the use of solar blanket 🙂

  2. Pool Heater Hayward April 5, 2011 at 5:00 am #

    Solar powered heaters is a great project and is perfect for environment friendly pool owners. The ozone layer is protected because no fossil fuel is used to produce the heat to heat up the pool water. And most of all it is cost efficient because the source of the heat which is the sun, charges no fee for the service!

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