Heating your swimming pool can create a high energy bill, but one way to combat this cost is to use a pool solar heating system. Using a solar heating device to warm your pool helps you to make the most out of your swimming pool, and the best thing about it is that you can install it yourself, meaning that even the costs of buying a pool solar heating system is reduced. Before you start using your solar heated pool, there are a few things that you should know about installing a solar heating system for pools, as installing them poorly can limit their efficiency.
Step 1 - Preparing the Solar Heater
Take the solar heating kit out of the box. The best way to do this is to lay the box flat on a surface or floor, and then slide the panel out of the open end. It is best to take the solar panel and allow it to unroll in the large area where you intend it to be used. Turn off your pump (if it is operating).
Step 2 - Unrolling the Panel
Using your wrench, carefully unscrew the caps which have covered the in and out plumping on the panel. Allow it to unroll fully, and then fasten it to the roof with the mounting kit using the screwdriver. Follow all of the instructions detailed on that kit.
Step 3 - Attaching the Heater
Once the solar heating panel is laid out on the roof, attach it to the solar heater in the pool using the wires supplied with the kit. Do not put the heater into the pool until the wires are correctly plugged in: check that the heater is working before placing in the pool.
If the heating element of the heater has been placed separately in the kit, then you should attach this to the electrical unit via the cables supplied (each unit will be different, so make sure that you read the instruction manual carefully before opening the rest of the kit). You may choose to permanently fix the electrical unit to the side of the pool, in which case screw the unit down using the screwdriver and a couple of screws.
Step 4 - Using the Heater
If you have used the heater in the sun, without also running the pump, then you may find that the water becomes very hot: check the temperature before stepping into the pool. In order to get the best from your heater, you should run the unit every time that the sun has hit the panels during the day: this helps to keep the unit running correctly, and also means that you can check the unit is functioning properly.
Every few weeks, it is a good idea to check on the solar panel, and make sure that the panel has not become clogged with dirt, or damaged through water landing on the panel and then being heated by the sun (this can cause a lot of damage, so take care to check for this regularly).