The Benefits of Solar Pool Heating

pool flatOne of the nicest things to own and use is a pool with warm water. If the water’s too cold, it’s just not that nice. What about using solar pool heating to keep the water nice and warm?

The nice thing about solar pool heating is that it helps stretch the length of your swimming season, keeping your pool warmer for a longer period of time than if you didn’t have it. As an environmentally-friendly way to heat pool water, solar energy from the sun helps keep your pool comfortable without requiring costly electricity or a refrigerant system with a noisy motor and compressor which eventually wears out or breaks down.

Most solar pool heating systems are fully automated whereas you set the desired temperature and barely ever think about it again for the rest of the swimming season. It’s one of those systems that eventually pays for itself, and then the rest is essentially “free heat” for years to come. Many people like utilizing solar pool heating because it’s not only good for the environment but ultimately saves them money in the long run.

So how does a solar heater work? A solar collector has small passages through which water flows and is warmed by the sun. The collector is able to monitor the pool water temperature so that when the set temperature is reached, water then bypasses the solar collector because the pool water is as warm as the owner wants it to be. Since energy from the sun is free, it’s quite cost-efficient!

Solar Solutions of Texas has installed many solar pool heating systems over the years. Utilizing Heliocol solar panels, Solar Solutions is able to help heat swimming pools in a wide variety of climatic conditions– from the arid desert to cold mountain areas. Since 2006, Solar Solutions has installed more than 400 residential systems throughout Texas, New Mexico, and surrounding states.

If you want to keep your pool warm using energy from the sun, call Solar Solutions today at 915-581-0461.

Join the Movement, Let Solar Energy Heat Your Pool

Taking a dip in your backyard pool is the perfect way to spend a humid, summer day. There is nothing like jumping in a comfortably warm pool to swim some laps or play a game of volleyball with the family. However, even if you live in an area where warm temperatures are common – as we do here in Texas – a heater may still be necessary for you to thoroughly enjoy your pool at any time of day or year. Instead of automatically thinking about purchasing a conventional heater however, look to solar energy to heat your pool this year.


Warming your pool with traditional methods results in high monthly gas or electric bills and requires a great deal of maintenance, especially if something goes wrong with the system. On the other hand, solar pool heating allows you to enjoy warm pool water through environmentally efficient means. By harnessing energy from the sun, heating your pool is not only easier to maintain, but also keeps you from burning a hole in your wallet. Plus with Heliocol making use of PVC on their solar system components rather than metal, you are guaranteed that your heating system won’t rust or leak.

Energy costs continue to rise especially due to the current economic situation, making the idea of an energy efficient heating method extremely appealing for a pool owner. Considering its use of free renewable resources from the sun, a solar powered heater can help protect you from these rising costs!

What’s even more, solar energy heated pools allow you to extend your pool season, giving you the luxury of swimming 8-10 months out of the year and on those seasonably cool days or nights. That means that this energy and cost efficient method nearly triples your length of swim time as opposed to regular pools.

Another added benefit of solar powered heaters is they not only work with in-ground pools, but above ground as well. If you already have a pool pump, not to worry! They work wonderfully with most existing pumps for various pools and sizes. Call GR Solar Solutions, Inc. for more information and take the next step towards bringing a solar powered pool heater to your backyard oasis today!

Why You Should Heat Your Pool With Solar Power

The arrival of spring marks the start to the warmer months, and many people are just starting to get their pools ready for the coming hot weather. Though it may be a bit cool to take a dip for now, adding a solar-powered heating system can not only add weeks of enjoyment to your swimming season, but also save you dollars.

Solar powered pool heating systems have been around for many years now, and have grown in popularity in recent years as an efficient and self-sustaining method for keeping pools from being too cool. These systems draw pool water in via the pump already used in the pool and force it through valves into the bottom of a closed system that is exposed to solar collectors. As the water heats from absorbing the radiant energy of sunlight, it rises to the top where it is returned to the pool in a continual process until the pool reaches the desired temperature.

Conventional systems, by contrast, heat water using a separate heating tank, similar to the water heater in your home. Just like that system, conventional pool heaters require an energy source, such as natural gas or electricity, and can quickly become an expensive endeavor. In areas like ours, with abundant sunlight, a solar system can provide the same heating capability using no energy at all, efficiently and greenly raising your water temperature without boiling over into your energy bills.

The U.S. Department of Energy notes that solar water heaters are the most cost-effective use of solar energy for most climates, and besides being cost competitive with conventional systems, can effectively pay for themselves in fuel savings in as little as a year and a half. Solar pool heating systems are generally very low maintenance as well, and, according to the Florida Solar Energy Center, can easily last for 10 to 15 years with regular care, providing many extra months of comfortable water for extra time in your pool.

Solar heating systems are generally noninvasive installations, and can be installed as a rooftop or freestanding unit. With so many advantages, from energy savings to extending your swimming season, there’s no better way to get the most out of your pool than adding a solar pool heating system.