Saving Energy With Your Above Ground Pools


Saving Energy With Your Above Ground Pools 

Saving Energy: Pool Covers,

Timers and Solar Heating


Whether you heat your pool or not, a pool cover is one of the best investments you can make. Most solar pool covers are moderately priced and usually pay for themselves in one season. If handled properly, a good cover will last many years.


Several types of pool covers are available. Covers are usually made of plastic or aluminum sheets. They can be compared on:


  1. ability to transmit sunlight to a pool;
  2. ability to reduce heat loss from the pool:
  3. ease of handling: and
  4. durability of product and length of warranty.


If you do heat your pool, a pool cover can help you realize energy savings of 50 to 70 percent or more, depending on the climate where you live and the time of year. Pool covers also aid in keeping leaves out and reducing pool water evaporation.

Timers for Heaters


Heaters work on a thermostat linked to the pool’s water temperature. Heaters may be set on timers for ease of operation. However, the heater can overheat without water circulating through it, so whenever the heater is on, the pump must be running. A time clock with fireman control should be used if the heater is on a timer. This will allow the pump to run for a short time after the heater is turned off to cool down the system.


Solar Heating

Solar heating has the advantage of economy and provides virtually free heat once it is installed. However, solar pool heating does require a greater investment in both equipment and installation than gas, oil or electricity.


The different kinds of active solar heating systems all involve piping the pool water through solar collectors. These collectors or solar panels may be piped under a deck area, mounted on a roof or placed outside where there is direct exposure to the sun.


A pump cycles pool water through the solar collectors and back to the pool. The pump is controlled by a thermostat which activates the flow of water when the collectors are warm enough to raise the pool temperature.


Check with local NSPI dealers as to the actual benefits to be gained from solar heating in your particular region. Some state tax credits may also apply.


In addition to these “active” solar systems, there are passive systems that aim to pre-serve as much heat as possible. They range from pool covers to dark-bottomed pools and landscaping that cuts down wind and heat loss.

 Saving Energy With Your Above Ground Pools


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