The sun shines brightly in Knoxville, Tennessee, right? Does solar heat for your pool make sense? The swimming pool contractors from Tipton Pools in Knoxville, Tennessee explain you don’t need to live in Arizona to benefit from the power of the sun to heat the pool water. In fact, even the less sunny areas of the country like the Pacific Northwest and even the Northeast, that don’t see a lot of sunshine, can heat the pool water with a solar system.

Advances in technology makes a solar pool water heating system more effective, efficient and cost efficient for the average pool owner. If you want to heat your pool water and extend your swim season, talk with us about the possibility of installing a solar array.

Does solar heat for your pool make sense?

Other pool water heating methods include a gas heater or an electric one and those can both increase your home’s utility bills and may prevent you from running it as often as you may want. A solar swimming pool heat pump is one of the most efficient ways to heat the swimming pool water.

With any style pool heater you can choose a temperature that you believe will be comfortable for swimming and set the solar system thermostat to that temp.

Most solar pool heating systems include:

  • Solar heat collector. The water circulates through and is heated by the sun within the coils
  • There is a filter that removes debris before water is pumped through solar heat collector
  • The pump circulates water through the filter and collector, then back to the pool where the heated water mixes with the other to warm it
  • The solar system will have a manual or automatic flow control valve that diverts the water from the pool through the solar collector to be heated

When budgeting for a solar pool heating system, set aside at least $3,500, but know that within about a year and a half you will have reaped a return on your investment. This is even more true if you’d been heating the water with a different type of pool heater prior to getting solar.

Give us a call today if you’re interested in getting a solar system this year to heat your pool water.