What Are the Different Types of Solar Pool Heating Systems?
There are a number of systems you can choose from:
Rigid panels – if you have plenty of suitable roof space, the rigid panels are the way to go, as they are very durable (cockatoo-proof and hail-proof, not just cockatoo–resistant and hail-resistant). If you buy a premium brand, you’ll find that they come with a 25 year warranty (full replacement warranty for the first 12 years; pro rata for remaining 13 years).
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.