How to Size Solar Collector for Your Pool?

The general rule is to use a total collector surface area that’s about half the surface area of your pool. But this varies quite a bit.

1.Place the solar collector panel where it sees the most sunlight when the pool pump is running.
2.If you place the solar collector panel on your roof, try to minimize resistance to the water flow.
3.Keep the solar panel out of the wind as much as possible.
4.For best heating results, run the pool pump during the sunniest time of the day; running it longer will result in more heat in the pool.
5.If you want to use two or more solar collector panels, connect them in parallel.

Sizing your collector surface area depends on a number of factors:

1. The pump’s running time: The longer it’s on, the more heat you collect in the pool for a given collector size.
2.Pool location: If you have an above ground pool, the heat loss is much greater. You need a collector with more surface area.
3.Solar potential when the pump is on: Note how your solar panels are oriented. How much sunlight do you get?
4.Shade: Cutting down Old Man Oak isn’t much of an option if your blood is truly green. Otherwise, choose a larger collector.
5.Wind: If you have a lot of wind, your collectors will run inefficiently unless they are glazed.

Swimming pools cost a lot. If you don’t have any kind of swimming pool heater, your useable season may be around four months of the year. If you install a swimming pool heating system, you can get eight months. This explains the popularity of pool heaters.


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