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Will you tell me about your experience with solar heated pools?

Asked by JLeslie (48217 points ) August 5th, 2014

How warm is the pool, and by what time of day, if the average temp outside is in the seventies during the day and as cold as the fifties at night? Does the pool water actually get warmer than the outside temperatures?

Any information you can share about your experience with solar heated pools I am interested in. If you are glad you got solar, if you have had problems with it, and if you would buy it again in lieu of gas or electric heat.

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

You trying to heat a pool or cook something? You’re in FL. Come north and swim.:) My brother had a small solar heater on his pool, and the water was always fine, by NE standards. I never checked the temperature but they swam day and night all Summer. They kept the pool covered when not in use.

JLeslie's avatar

We go down to 70’s during the day and 50’s at night for a few months. The cold nights make a pool too cold without a heater. I like my pool water around 84.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I don’t know if you saw my comment in chat earlier. I went swimming in Mirror Lake in Lake Placid last month. I checked the temp after I got out. 62 to 64 degrees. God that was cold. I think a small to mid sized solar heater would do everything you need.

JLeslie's avatar

62 degree water would give me a heart attack.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I had goose bumps underwater. That’s never happened. That was tough swimming.

jca's avatar

I would dip a foot in and say “no thank you.”

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

You have to concentrate and stay focused. I imagine it’d be easy to drown in that.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I’ve heard about pools in Hawaii that are kept at about 85 *F but it requires several groups of solar panels.

Have you priced heat pumps for pools?? You don’t need the sun, just a temperature of the air that is 50 * F or above.

JLeslie's avatar

I haven’t looked into heat pumps, I don’t think I know about that technology. I priced gas and electric heaters and solar.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Check heat pumps for Florida much cheaper to run than Electricity or Gas. The technology is the same a your Home Air Conditioner but in reverse.

JLeslie's avatar

Thanks, I’ll look it up.

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