Summer time temperatures are high, meaning that the last thing you think about doing is heating your pool. After all, a dip in a cool, refreshing pool is exactly what you want when the sun is hot overhead. You don’t want to get in a hot tub, or even a very warm pool.
While it’s true that you don’t want your pool to be hot, you also don’t want it to feel cold. After all, there’s a difference between refreshing and cold and shivering. Even with summer temperatures, keeping your pool at a good temperature can be difficult without heating.
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Do I Really Need Solar to Heat My Pool in the Summer?
Even if you enjoy a cooler pool, the chances are that you want your pool to be warm enough so that you don’t shiver as soon as you dive in. Most people enjoy their pool temperature hovering around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but even in the summer, this can be difficult to achieve without heating.
In the summer, you won’t need to spend as much energy heating your pool as you would in the winter, but it is still important you have some way to keep that water warm. If not, you can say goodbye to nighttime swimming and long, leisurely floats.
While you don’t necessarily need solar heating for your pool in the summer, it is certainly something to consider. If you don’t use solar heating much during the hottest months of the year, then you certainly will once temperatures drop off and things start to cool down.
There are several ways you can use solar heating on your pool in the summer. From solar covers to solar rings and solar mats, you have a variety of options available.
Solar covers span the entire breadth of your pool. They’re pulled over top of the water when you’re done swimming and rolled back when you’re ready to take a dive or two. They can raise your pool temperature by up to 12 degrees and help to keep your pool warm by preventing warm water from evaporating. They also have small air pockets that trap warm air from the sun and use it to warm up the surface water.
Solar rings work in the same way as solar covers do, but they’re easier to move around. Each ring is typically about 5 feet in diameter and floats on the top of your pool. They can be grouped together to cover the pool and trap heat. While they aren’t as effective at heating your pool as a solar cover is, they’re much easier to work with and still work well.
Solar mats are usually installed on a roof or other surface where they get direct sunlight. Through a series of tubes, water from your pool is run through the mats and heated up then delivered back into the pool. They look and work a lot like solar panels but instead of pumping energy back and forth, a pump moves water through them.
If you have solar panels for your home or you’re planning on investing in them, you can connect the system to a pool heater. Using solar power, the heater will warm up your pool at any time of the year, but use less energy to do so during the summer months.
Most people won’t rely as heavily on solar power to heat their pool during the summer, but it will make your pool more enjoyable if you do. The difference between a 70 degree pool and an 80 degree pool may not sound big, but when it comes time to swim, you’ll definitely notice the difference. Heating your pool will also enable you to use it at night and for longer periods.
To make your pool a more enjoyable place, it’s important to invest in some form of heating system even during the summer. When you do, you’ll be more likely to swim for longer and get cold less quickly, even when the temperatures soar and the sun shines high overhead. Call us today to ask us more about installing solar for your home!