1. Why solar?
By now you’ve probably heard a lot about solar energy and what it can and can’t do. But did you realize that the most effective use of solar energy is to heat a swimming pool? According to government tallies, more solar collectors have been made for swimming pool heating than all other solar energy uses combined! With all that you’ve been reading and hearing about solar energy, you probably have a lot of questions. The following may answer some of them for you.

2. How well does solar energy heat a pool?
Solar energy is just another fuel with which to heat your pool. A properly-designed solar pool system can achieve the same results as other fuels. On days when you can relax comfortably in a bathing suit at poolside, but the water is too cold for swimming, solar energy can heat your pool to a temperature comfortable for swimming.

3. In simple terms, how does a solar pool heater work?
Using the pump that circulates pool water through the filter, the water is automatically diverted so that it flows through the many small passages of the solar collector. While passing through the collector, it is warmed by the sun. This warm, solar-heated water then flows directly back into the pool. When the pool has reached your desired comfort level, the water then bypasses the solar collector, uses the normal pumping-circulating process, and returns directly to the pool.

4. Do the solar collectors have to face south?
Not necessarily. The solar collectors should be installed so that they can be in the sun a good portion of the day. Depending on the angle of the mounting surface (i.e. your roof or other suitable mounting surface), east and west facing systems can function equally as well.

5. Why would I want my pool heated?
You probably bought your pool for many reasons: family fun, entertaining friends, exercise, for quiet relaxing moments, or perhaps for therapeutic reasons. You probably spent a lot of time making the decision to invest in a quality pool. In addition, there is the furniture, fencing and accompanying items that go along with a pool. You expect to get the maximum use out from your pool. But if your pool is frequently too cold for comfortable swimming, then you’re not realizing the full benefit of your significant investment. Solar pool heating can effectively double the length of your pool season.

6.What is the best type of collector to use to heat my pool?
You shouldn’t spend money on expensive equipment that is not expressly-designed for solar pool heating, such as the glass-covered and insulated housings that are used on high temperature household water heaters. Actually, lower cost unglazed collectors can deliver heat more effectively to your pool than the more expensive glass-covered collectors.

7. Why should I buy a Solar Industries solar pool heating system from Gen-Con?
—The Solar Industries collector has been in continuous production and service since 1976.
—It is backed by the strongest warranty in the business.
—It has been engineered as a completely integrated system. The Solar Industries collector is manufactured to exacting specifications, with a quality control process that provides you with extended trouble-free performance.
—It is made of superior components, including stainless steel hardware.
—The Solar Industries solar pool heating system has been rigorously tested. Its performance has been certified by accredited independent laboratories and approval agencies.

8. What kind of maintenance is required?
Your solar pool heater will require no maintenance beyond your usual pool winterizing procedures.

9. How much will my solar pool heater cost to operate?
Since the sun’s energy is free, there are no operating costs.

10. How does solar pool heating compare with heat pumps for pool heating?
The cost of installing an electric heat pump is generally comparable to the cost of a solar heating system. The annual cost of electricity to run a heat pump may be two-thirds of the cost of natural gas or one-third the cost of electricity for a conventional resistance electric heater. Comparatively, the sun’s energy is free. Something to remember is that a heat pump has a refrigeration system with a fan motor and compressor. When these mechanical parts eventually wear out, they are expensive to replace. However, in the unlikely event that your pool is one of the few on which a solar system cannot be installed, a heat pump may be your best alternative.

11. What about the environment?
Solar pool heating is friendly to the environment. Solar is clean and uses no fossil fuels or chemical refrigerants. Solar pool heating does not contribute to air pollution, acid rain, ozone depletion, or the greenhouse effect.

12. What is the best type of solar collector to use?
Unlike other solar pool heating systems that use tubes welded to each other, or systems that use loose tubes, the Solar Industries collector uses a patented tube and curved web design that relieves stress caused by expansion and contraction. Solar Industries collectors are engineered with a direct flow system. It provides optimum flow, without restrictions that can cause excessive back pressure on your pool filtration system. Other collectors that use a sub-plenum create a back pressure that reduces your filtration system performance. Our proven design has been in continuous operation for more than 20 years. This makes Solar Industries the number one choice of satisfied swimming pool owners around the world.

13. Is a solar pool heating system easy to operate?
Yes. Most solar pool heating systems are completely automatic and are as simple to operate as any fossil fuel heater.

14. What size system will I need for my pool?
There are many factors which affect this question: the size of your pool, how long you want to extend your swimming season, the wind on the pool, the average relative humidity in your area, the tilt and orientation of the solar collectors. In a solar site survey these factors can be assessed so that an appropriate and cost effective solar collection system can be designed for your pool.

15. How long will it last?
Solar Industries collectors survived a gruelling 23-year life expectancy test in the Arizona desert. Solar Industries offers the strongest warranty in the industry. We can offer you the best warranty because our solar collectors have tested in the field since 1976.

16. How are the collectors made and what can I expect from them?
Solar Industries collectors are made from a specially-formulated polymer compound. They are designed to withstand extreme exposure to weather, pollution and oxidation. They are impervious to all pool chemicals.

17. How much will a solar pool heater cost?
To achieve the same amount of heating, the monthly payments on a solar pool heating system will be much less than the monthly charges for a fossil fuel system. In other words, you have an “instantaneous” payback. After the system has been paid off it will pay large dividends to you each and every year. You’ll have more cash and comfort. Remember, if you didn’t have the solar heater you would have a large fuel bill. Since you don’t have that fuel bill, the money can now be used for other purposes. Even if you aren’t presently heating your pool, a solar heater can provide you with economic benefits. The financial equation is simple—increase the investment in your pool up to 30% and increase your fun, enjoyment, and swimming season by as much as 100%.

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