Solar Pool Heater Costs: Installation, Maintenance & Operation
When you have a pool and sun aplenty like across most of Florida, solar pool heaters are a very competitive alternative to gas and electric heat pumps, particularly when looking at the finances involved. In fact, in the right climates and with the right installation, solar pool heater costs can be so affordable compared to the other options that deciding to go green might even seem lucrative.
The upfront cost of installing a solar pool heater varies based on roof type and number of panels needed. Typically the cost ranges from $3,000 to $6,000. Solar pool heaters tend to have a longer warranty period and last longer than gas and electric heat pumps, making it easier to recuperate those costs over time. You should expect to earn that money back in anywhere between 1.5 and seven years, depending on a variety of factors such as the size of your pool, the types of panels you purchase, and your available sun exposure.
Determine your site's solar resource
Therefore, before buying and installing a solar pool heating system, you should first try to determine your site’s solar resource. As a rule of thumb, if your home or building has unshaded areas and generally faces south, it’s a good spot to install your solar pool heating system. Even if the weather isn’t always warm and sunny! For a more detailed analysis, which will help optimize your installation and reduce long-term costs, you’ll want to ask your local solar system supplier or installer, such as FAFCO Solar.
With proper maintenance, solar pool heaters can last a very long time, even up to 20 years. You should be able to find maintenance guidelines and instructions in your owner’s manual or by consulting with FAFCO Solar. Better yet, if you regularly check your pool’s chemical balance and filtering systems — which, as a pool owner, you are likely doing anyway — your collector should require minimal maintenance. This can help you save a tremendous amount on solar pool heater costs.
Pools have pumps that are used to circulate and filter the water to keep the pool clean. There is no added operational cost for solar pool heat. Solar pool heaters uses the water that is already circulating, and the sun provides its energy for free.
Solar pool heaters have comparable upfront costs to other heating options but their modest operational fees, their longevity, and ability to capture free solar power make them a very attractive option for heating your pool from a long-term financial perspective.
To make the most of your particular situation and lower your solar pool heater costs, give FAFCO Solar a call. Our solar experts will walk you through everything you need to know about solar pool heating — from the different types of heating systems to how they work, how fast, and more importantly, how they can benefit you.
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