A swimming pool is an investment in lifestyle and family fun and solar doubles the value you get from that investment by making it warm and enjoyable for more days per year and more hours per day. By saving on the cost of gas or electric pool heating, solar is the only pool heating system that actually pays for itself over time.
Our expert installers will design the system to suit your roof and advise on the best aspect for installation. This unique system can be installed on any roofing material - difficult or unusual roofs are our specialty. Each unit is designed for your special requirements, with the option of temperature controls, separate plumbing systems and other automatic options.
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An emerging method of heating pools is the heat pump pool heater. A heat pump's efficiency is dependent on the outside temperature and since pools are usually used during warm and mild weather, heat pumps are a very efficient method of heating pools. Heat pumps do not generate heat; they simply capture it and move it from one place to another. Efficiency is one consideration in buying a pool heater, but you should also consider the reputation of the manufacturer and/or dealer who will install your heater. Pollard Pools & Spas are licensed installers of Solar and Heat Pumps.
Solar pool covers are less expensive than thermal pool blankets, costing from $150 depending on the size of your pool and the thickness of the cover. Sometimes referred to as bubble covers since they resemble bubble wrap packaging, they are made from lightweight, translucent polythene or polypropylene. The air bubbles absorb warmth from the sun and transfer the solar energy to the pool water, thereby heating the water. Solar pool covers are the only type of cover that actually heat your pool; and a good quality, well-fitted one will heat the water by up to 8 C.
The downside, however, is that they only heat the pool during the day, and their ability to retain the heat at night is not as good as a thermal pool cover. Having any pool blanket on at night though will prevent a lot of evaporation (which is the main cause of heat loss).
Solar pool covers come in different grades of thickness (from 250 micron to 600 micron the best is 400 & 500 microns). Thicker covers are more expensive, but they are slightly more efficient at retaining heat and they last longer. Because solar pool covers are lightweight, they are very easy to install. Basically, in order to fit them to the shape and size of your pool, all you need is a pair of scissors. However, for a solar pool cover to be really efficient, you do need to ensure that it fits snugly all around the pool sides and doesn't leave areas of your pool surface uncovered and exposed. This can be a challenge in windy conditions, especially for thinner grades of thickness which tend to be easily blown around. They deteriorate after prolonged exposure to sunlight and, therefore, have a relatively short lifespan. The thinnest and cheapest grades might only be good for a year or so, and the thickest grades are can last 6 or 7 years. So don't expect your solar pool cover is going to become a family heirloom!
Finally, we recommend solar pool covers to assist with Solar Heating systems.
The first thing you need to know is that, unlike solar pool covers, thermal pool blankets don't heat the water. What they do, however, is retain the heat, and they do it well. A good quality and well fitted thermal pool blanket is capable of retaining around 75% of your pool water's temperature. If you have a heated pool, that's a big deal and translates into a potentially huge energy cost savings.
Thermal pool blankets are essentially insulators. They are made from thick, waterproof polyethylene foam. The outside of the thermal pool blanket totally blocks sunlight and UV rays that may encourage algae growth from entering the pool. The underside of the thermal blankets is impermeable to both water and pool chemicals. The downside, though, is that thermal blankets are a lot more expensive than solar covers.
And, because they're reasonably heavy, they absolutely need a roller in order to cover and uncover the pool. Also, unlike solar pool covers, they generally require professional fitting and installation.
That said, though, thermal pool blankets don't deteriorate as quickly through exposure to sunlight, and, as a result, last considerably longer than solar pool covers. It's not unusual for a high quality thermal pool blanket to come with an 8 year warranty, and it's totally reasonable to expect them to have a lifespan of at least 10 or more years.
Finally, we recommend Thermal Pool Blankets to assist with Electric or Gas Heaters.