By Jaime Blair
Having a swimming pool is amazing. Having warm water in your swimming pool is even better. Having warm water for free is the best! In an ongoing effort to bring you eco-friendly, cutting-edge pool products, Maytronics offers one of the best water-heating solutions on the market—the Solara solar pool heater.
Solara solar panels employ proprietary technology and a revolutionary design to harness and utilize the free and plentiful energy from the sun. Polymeric glazed insulation panels trap heat and create a greenhouse effect, warming the water flowing through the unit up to 10 degrees. You can not only enjoy warmer pool water, but also feel good about not driving up your electric bill or wasting energy.
Solar energy is the ultimate renewable resource. “The sun conveys more energy to the surface of Earth in 1.3 hours than all of humanity consumes in one year,” explains Michael Lumbley, president and COO of Balance Development.
“While the average solar panel is approximately 15% efficient, the transfer of solar heat energy into water can be closer to 50% efficient—meaning much more energy can be harvested per unit area. That makes solar thermal (water heating) applications a less complicated and more effective approach to harnessing the sun’s energy.”
Concerned that you don’t live in a state that’s hot and sunny 365 days a year? Not to worry—solar water heating systems collect energy from light, not heat. The panels absorb both direct sunlight and diffuse sunlight (beams that are scattered by clouds, dust, pollution, etc.). The Solara pool heater will ever work throughout the winter.
Not only are they economical and eco-friendly, Solara solar panels are also compact and easy-to-use. Each powerful panel measures only 2’ x 4’. For reference, a 21’ round pool (9,000 gallons) uses one panel, and a 16’ x 32’ (15,000 gallon) pool only needs three panels for effective heating. Panels are designed to easily chain together with no additional hardware. And with a pre-assembled adjustable kick-stand, you can adjust your panels to maximize sun exposure.
“You can significantly reduce swimming pool heating costs by installing a solar pool heater,” according to Energy Saver, the U.S. Department of Energy’s consumer resource group. “They’re cost competitive with both gas and heat pump pool heaters, and they have very low annual operating costs. Actually, solar pool heating is the most cost-effective use of solar energy in many climates.”
The ingenious design of Solara not only lowers cost and energy consumption, it’s also built to last. Maytronics backs up the craftsmanship of this solar pool heater with an industry-leading 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.