The time and money it takes to build a solar pool heater on your own is a fraction of what it would cost to purchase one! The installation fee alone should be a motivator for building it on your own. Here is what you need to know to about DIY solar pool heating.
Pool heaters driven by solar energy are inexpensive to operate and yet are just as effective as the ones powered by electricity.
What do you need in order to build a solar pool heater? The good news is that you won't need a bunch of fancy and expensive tools. The materials are very basic as well and can be found at your local hardware or home improvement store.
You'll need the following materials:
Cut the black landscape tubing into 100-foot lengths. Arrange the tubes in an oval pattern. Connect the tubes together with the junctions and joiners.
You can lay the tubing on the ground adjacent to the pool or you can make it look a little cleaner and more contained by hanging the tubing on a piece of plywood.
If you opt for mounting the tubing on the plywood, paint the wood black first so it will draw the sun's rays and appear more uniform.
Position your solar photovoltaic panel beside the pool on the ground. Sometimes supporting the panel so it is slanted toward the sun makes it more effective.
Connect the tubing and the solar panel to the 12 VDC pump. Submerge the pump in the water. Now you know how to build a solar pool heater right at home!
You do have the option of placing your solar photovoltaic panel on the roof to power your solar pool heater.
If you do this, you will need to purchase a stronger pump to handle the strain of getting the power down to the tubing.
You may want to consult your local zoning board to confirm that solar panels are permitted within your residential area. Otherwise, you may build a solar pool heater and then not be allowed to use it!
It's possible that a solar heater for your pool is not going to be especially pretty and may cause contention with the neighbors.
Just like any other solar application, solar pool heaters are dependent on the sun shining in order to operate.
Solar pool heaters require a backup energy source if you want them to work properly and efficiently. There are no battery backups for this type of solar gadget, so one must be provided.
Pool solar heaters require one square meter of solar PV panel for every square meter of pool surface area. If your pool is significant in size, the cost of building your own pool heater may increase somewhat.
Your solar heater will be exposed to the weather elements 24/7, so you may need to build additional pool heaters over the life span of your pool.
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