Use solar power to heat your pool water. It’s green energy. Solar is plentiful and when the sun is high in the sky your pool water can be as warm as bathwater — if that’s what you enjoy swimming in. The swimming pool contractors from Tipton Pools in Knoxville, Tennessee explain that solar energy is cost effective and not only can you help save fossil fuels, but you can keep your pool water warm without having to increase your family’s utility budget. Using solar power to heat your pool water may also mean you can extend the number of weeks you and your family can enjoy the pool throughout the year and that is a win-win for everyone!

When you’re undertaking a new construction project with a Knoxville, Tennessee swimming pool contractor or renovating your existing swimming pool, making a switch to solar energy may be a cost effective transition that will pay for itself over time.

The key to fully harnessing the power of the sun to heat your pool water is to work with a professional who understands the proper installation of the solar panels to take full advantage of the sun. Even in areas of the country where it’s cooler and the sun doesn’t shine as often or as long throughout the day you can still reap benefits from using solar power to heat the pool water.

Use solar power to heat your pool water

Unless you live in an extremely hot and almost continually sunny climate, your pool contractor will recommend placing your swimming pool, in your yard, so that it receives as much direct sunlight as possible. To take full advantage of the natural sunlight you should place your pool with a southern or western exposure. Pool owners who live in areas such as Arizona may find that placing their pool in direct sunlight will mean they won’t be able to enjoy the pool as often and they may look to place the pool in a shaded space or add shaded areas to the outdoor pool space.

Another way to help a solar-heated swimming pool retain energy and warmth is to choose a dark-colored bottom for the pool; dark colors absorb heat and then slowly release it. If you have a dark-colored pool floor you will want to add in-pool lighting to make the pool safer to use for nighttime swimming. A light color pool bottom reflects heat; if you live in hot climate and don’t want the pool bathwater warm, you may opt for the light colored pool floor.

Be prepared to remove trees and branches in order to keep your solar panels free to full sun. Also, look to using the solar energy to power items in your house as well as powering and warming your pool water.