Solar pool heating systems aren’t universal. When choosing a new system for your pool, you have to determine the proper system size to maximise its heating potential.
There are several factors you need to consider. Perhaps the most important is the size of your pool. The connection is pretty obvious: the larger your pool, the bigger (i.e. more powerful) your heating system should be. More water to heat up requires more power — not to mention keeping it warm for extended periods.
This then brings us to the next factor: the frequency and length of your average swimming session. Try to determine how often you use your pool, and for how long you use it. The longer and more frequent you go for a dip, it’s likely you’ll need an equally powerful heating system to keep the water temperature comfortable. Two other considerations are intertwined with this: personal preference and outside temperature. The first one relies solely on your perception: how warm do you like your water? As for the latter, the colder the environment, the warmer your water should be (and the bigger the heating system, as well).
Lastly, two things are of utmost importance, namely, the amount of sunlight your place receives on average throughout the year, and the average regional temperatures. If you plan on keeping water temperature comfortable for the entire year, never forget these two considerations. It’s easy to determine how much sun your place is getting for a typical day. Just consult your local weather forecast statistics. The same method works for determining your region’s average temperatures. All the information you need is likely on the internet. If not, you can always consult with local authorities.
And for a final tip, it’s always handy to size your solar pool heating system a bit bigger. This gives the system more breathing room for small to relatively bigger temperature adjustments. Size it too small, and the system will be overworked. Size it too big, and you will be warming an entirely small space. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll experience the benefits over time.
If you need an expert opinion on sizing your pool heating system, consult Pool Solar & Spa today.