Yardley Voice – Going Green Solar Column – March 2016
Submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar
The weather is heating up and soon it will be time to uncover the pool and cool off. But shivering in a chilly pool is no more enjoyable than sweltering in the summer sun.
Luckily, you can harness the power of the sun to keep your pool at just the right temperature. A solar pool heating system can increase the temperature of your pool by 10 to 15 degrees, allowing you to open your pool earlier and extend your swimming season into the cooler fall months.
The cost of a solar pool heating system is competitive with that of installing an electric or gas pool heater, but does not come with expensive monthly payments for fuel. If you currently have a traditional pool heater, a solar pool heater could pay for itself in as little as two years.
So how does solar pool heating work?
Water is pumped from the pool, flows through the black, plastic collectors, absorbs the sun’s energy, and then flows back to the pool until the desired temperature is reached. The collectors are mounted on a roof or a rack on the ground.
They come with a full 12-year and limited lifetime warranty, which is far longer than warranties on other types of heaters.
Rather than getting goose bumps every time you go for a swim, or endlessly dishing out dollars to heat your pool with fossil fuels, use the endless supply of the sun to heat your pool, save you money and cut your carbon footprint. When you choose solar, you make a choice that makes a difference.