Deciding to heat your pool is a big step for some because it could mean higher monthly bills and more maintenance issues but It doesn’t have to be that way. Choosing a solar powered pool heater is one of the best options out there, and it’s definitely worth it. If you’re looking for a sign that you need to take that jump into a heated pool, here are seven:
- Minimal disturbance.
Even though you probably won’t be the one doing the installation, it’s an added bonus that most systems can be installed in a matter of hours. You won’t have to take a week at home waiting for the installation to be complete, and you can start enjoying your heated pool sooner. Unlike gas heaters, solar powered pool heaters don’t require in-ground plumbing, electric, or gas, so your grass will remain in perfect condition. Solar panels and piping are secured to your roof and exterior house walls with roofer-approved leak-proof anchors.
- Solar pool heaters are extremely reliable.
Solar energy has been used for the past 50+ years not only for heating pools, but also for providing electricity and warm running water for residential and commercialbuildings. There are no motors or fans that you have to worry about breaking, and no heat exchangers to corrode. The materials used in each system are durable, weather-proof, and long-lasting.
- Maintenance issues are almost non-existent.
Because solar systems are so reliable, maintenance is minimal as well. Some might even say they require no maintenance at all. Gas heaters generally run fine for a few years, but .must be maintained and repaired. However, solar pool heaters will never short-circuit, rust, or become blocked from foreign particles like dust. The most that will ever happen with a quality solar system is a leakage in one of the pipes, and that’s a quick and simple fix.
- You’ll save money.
Solar energy is absolutely the most inexpensive ways to heat your pool. You won’t be paying to run a heating pump because energy from the sun is free. Most of the time, solar systems can be hooked up to a pre-existing pool pump too, so you won’t have additional purchases. The cost for the system and installation usually pays for itself within 1 to 3 years.
- You can enjoy your pool year-round.
The most obvious reason you’d want to heat your pool is to enjoy it all year. Generally speaking, solar heaters will raise the temperature of the water up to 15 degrees warmer than the outside air over a period of a few days. In a sunny state, a solar pool heater can be used in combination with a pool cover to maximize the pool temperature. The solar system heats the pool during the day, and keeping a pool cover on at night helps to trap the heat so you can relax in your pool throughout the seasons.
- Receive up to a 50% ROI
With solar pool heating systems almost all of the costs are upfront. Once the solar panels are set up, your pool will be heated by the sun’s energy without issue.
The National Association of Realtors says that pools bring on average a 50 percent return on investment when a home is resold. At the end of the day, each homeowner who’s considering a swimming pool needs to balance the benefits and enjoyment a pool will bring to their life compared to the costs and time commitment.
- An Increase in Property Value
Installing solar panels can significantly increase your property’s value, according to a new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL). The report, titled “Selling into the sun: Price premium analysis of a multi-state dataset of solar homes“, builds on previous research which concluded that homes with solar panels in California sold for more than those without.