How Well do Solar Pool Heaters Work in Cape Coral?
Before diving into how well they work in Cape Coral, it may be useful to take a look at how solar pool heater systems work in general. Fortunately, they’re very simple.
How a solar pool heater works
A solar pool heater is made up of just two parts: solar heating panels and a swimming pool pump. FAFCO Solar uses patented black polymer panels, which you’ll typically want to install on your roof. As they soak in the Florida sun, these panels get extremely hot. Meanwhile, the pump circulates water from the pool and into the panels, which are specially designed to transfer their heat to the water. Just like that, your pool gets warmer and can stay at a comfortable temperature all year round.
However, for this to work well, you’ll need a reliable source of sunlight and heat.
How well do solar pool heaters work in Cape Coral?
Cape Coral is one of the sunniest places in the United States. While the rest of the country gets about 205 sunny days per year on average, Cape Coral gets around 265. That’s even higher than most other places in Florida! But as many people live in Cape Coral because of the year-round sunny weather, you probably know this already.
Temperatures in Cape Coral peak at around 92 degrees in July, and bottom out at 54 degrees in January. More importantly, sunshine hours remain strong even in the winter months, when you’re most likely to want to put a solar pool heater to work.
In other words, Cape Coral has plenty of sun and warmth to help you make the most out of a solar pool heater all year round. In fact, it might just be one of the best places to use a solar pool heater in all of the US.
How much extra heat can you expect?
Throughout the year, the average sea temperature in Cape Coral fluctuates between 65 and 85 degrees. Without a heater, you can expect the temperature of your pool to match these numbers. But with a FAFCO Solar panel system equal to the surface area of your pool, you can expect to be able to raise the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees.
You can also use a solar blanket to help prevent the heat from escaping the water and a thermostatic controller to help optimize the system. Whenever the sun offers enough energy to heat your pool effectively, the controller automatically opens a valve to send water to the panels. If temperatures drop, the system shuts the valve to ensure the warm water in your pool stays and isn’t unnecessarily cooled.
So how well do solar pool heaters work in Cape Coral? It depends in part on how many panels are installed and which direction they face, but for the most part, you can expect great results simply by virtue of living in one of the sunniest places in America!
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