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|Calculate: Pressing "Calculate" will multiply all the above factors together and multiply by the top surface area of the pool. This is your desired total solar surface area.|
Now that you know how many sq ft of solar collector you want ideally, measure your roof space. You may have to scale down your expectations or consider a different space. Remember it takes more than 500 sq ft to accomodate 500 sq ft of solar collectors. Now go to our "Buyer's Guide" where you can specify the type of solar heater that makes sense for your situation and cost it all out.
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If you increase the sizing because you have the space and the budget, what happens? Is there any point? As the plot below demonstrates, absolutely! 8 collectors is the "right" sizing for this partricular example pool but extra collectors aren't a waste of money. Results are for a covered pool open 4 hours a day for pool use.
The above graphs are created using data from computer simulations but not just any computer simulation. We've been involved in extensive development of this capability with the help of universities and government groups for almost 2 decades. The simulation has been verified with high level monitoring of real systems. Click here to learn about the software and the extensive effort behind creating these curves.
The biggest draw to solar is that it completely changes the way you use your pool. With solar you start the pool very early in the year and even in early spring months when good weather strikes, your pool can be useable months before the neighbors with gas heaters or heat pumps have dared to fire up the beasts. The use of a cover in the early and late months will give the ultimate pool heating experience. If you only need the cover for the fringe season months when pool use is lowest, you really don't have to fuss much with that cover. Just leave it on all week and off all weekend if you use the pool. Solar with the occasional help of a cover on the pool negates the need to ever turn on a gas heater. The only time you'd want to run a gas heater would be a time when weather was unusually poor or you were so far off season the pool use wouldn't justify the gas use. At these times the cost to heat with gas will be highest. That's why solar and a cover used occasionally is the ultimate pool heating solution for your home if you have enough space for a full sized solar heater.Go thru the buying guides listed above or call us and we'll walk you through it.
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