Many northerners think it is always toasty in Australia, and residents get perfect conditions year-round for outdoor adventures. However, this is not the case, especially in the southern part of the country, where conditions can get very temperate during June or July. So if you live in this area and want to install a new pool, how can you extend the swimming season and ensure that you get as much value for money from your investment as possible?
Turning To Artificial Heat
It takes a long time for solar radiation by itself to heat a body of water. Your swimming pool could warm up nicely in the summer months when exposed to the noonday sun, but it will quickly lose its attraction as the seasons change. So if you want to use it as much as possible, you have to install a form of artificial heating, and the best way to do this is to turn to solar power.
Exploring The Possibilities
If you haven't thought about solar power before, you can certainly use an array to warm up your pool and operate its pump. With a different approach, you can also use some of the power for other housing needs and even think about selling excess energy back to the grid.
Direct Water Heating Options
There are different types of solar pool heaters — those with evacuated tube collectors (sealed glass tubes with thermally conductive copper pipe), or flat panels. The latter is more popular, and with this system, pool water circulates through panels mounted to your roof to give them maximum exposure to the sun.
In cooler environments, the evacuated tube collector system may be best. It is a little more complex to set up with additional components that could be more effective in some situations.
Taking A Conventional Approach
If you want to install a conventional heat pump, you can reduce the cost of running it by connecting it to conventional solar panels. You should be able to generate additional power for your property, reducing your overall electricity bills and selling some of that excess to the utility company.
Making A Plan
So, as you plan to install your pool, think about how you will power and heat it. Then, discuss your needs with an experienced electrician to get advice about the way forward. Once you've decided on the best approach, your electrician can connect everything to get you ready for those cooler days.
Reach out to a solar power installation service to find out more.
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