Salinas solar pool heating FAQ/Part II
Here are some other questions we commonly receive from people who are considering a Salinas solar pool heating system.
Can I use my solar pool panels to heat my home?
No. Solar pool controls and panels are only designed to heat a large volume of water in a pool. It takes a different application of solar to heat a household space.
Do I need to use a pool cover with my Salinas solar pool heating system?
A pool cover is used to keep evaporation from taking place, especially during the nighttime hours. This cover traps the heat that has been accumulated during the day. A cover is a complement to your solar pool heating system. While the solar system actively adds heat during the day, the cover passively retains that heat at night.
Can a Salinas solar pool heating system also cool my pool?
If you run the system at night during the hottest portion of the summer, you can run your solar system to cool the pool several degrees should the right conditions exist. In addition, if your pool is too warm you should leave that solar blanket off during the nighttime hours so that heat can escape.
How much does a solar pool heater cost?
That depends on the size and location of the pool, the location of the solar panels, the temperature you want and the kind of pool equipment needed. There are far too many variables to give you a concise answer here; please contact a POCO Solar representative who can set up an appointment for a free analysis and estimate.
Can a solar pool heating system save money?
If you heat your pool with natural gas or propane, a solar heating system can pay for itself in as little as two years. If you do not use gas or propane, then while solar will not necessarily save you money, the pool will be useable for a larger portion of the year. And whether or not you use the pool you will still have maintenance costs associated with it. A Salinas solar pool heating system can allow you to enjoy your pool much more.
How long will solar pool heating equipment typically last?
Solar collectors made by FAFCO, which we sell exclusively, can be expected to last from 15 to 20 years. However, many FAFCO systems sold more than 20 years ago are still performing very well.
About Poco Solar: Poco Solar is a full service solar company that provides solar electric, solar pool heating, solar hot water heating and repair of solar systems in Monterey County, San Benito County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County. With more than 25 years of experience we have been helping Bay Area California residents stay comfortable, save energy and sell excess energy back to PG&E.