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. The Energy Experts is proud to be the DualSun NSW Distributor.
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).
The heat pumps we preference have picked up a raft of awards at the recent SPASA (Swimming Pool and Spa Association of NSW & ACT) Awards. SPASA is the peak industry body representing hundreds of businesses within the pool and spa industry. The unit’s efficiency is between 30-50% higher than conventional heat pumps (i.e. it uses up to 50% less power). It takes 1–2 days to achieve the set temperature, then it goes into silent mode, where it consumes less power. These units come with a longer warranty and operate higher quality components than any other heat pump on the Australian market. Because they’re considerably cheaper to run than conventional heat pumps, they’re very popular.
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.