What Are the Different Types of Solar Pool Heating Systems?
There are a number of systems you can choose from:
DualSun – a 2-in-one pool heating and solar PV solution that heats your pool water and cools your solar panels, improving the thermal performance of your panels by up to 50%, helping them work at their optimal efficiency. Ideal for people with limited roof space who want to heat their pool and offset their household usage at the same time.
Rigid panels – if you have plenty of suitable roof space, the rigid panels are the way to go, as they are very durable (cockatoo-resistant and hail-resistant). If you buy a premium brand, you’ll find that they come with a 10 year warranty.
Rubber/strip matting – generally best avoided, as these pool heating systems are not cockatoo-proof or hail-proof. Cockatoos love them!
Evacuated tubes – the same concept as evacuated tube solar hot water systems; quite an expensive way to heat a pool
Heat pumps – are a very effective way to heat a pool. Many people who have solar panels on the roof choose a heat pump to heat their pool water, because heat pumps can be run on a timer so they run during the day when the solar panels are producing free electricity. Homes with limited suitable roof space will often install a pool heat pump, as they take up very little space on the ground (about the same as an electric hot water system).
Gas – this used to be the go-to pool heating solution, but as the cost of gas has gone up exponentially over the last few years, many people are looking at alternate pool heating solutions.