When considering a heat source for your pool, you only have to look up to realize the primary benefit of solar heat – it’s free heat from the sun! With uncertainty and rising costs in the gas and power markets, the price for solar will not change. It will be free for life.
Using your existing pump and filter, our easy-to-install solar pool heater ensures warmer pool temperatures, no monthly heating bills, and is proven to be the most cost effective way to heat your pool. Get the most out of your pool by extending the swimming season and have more fun–courtesy of the sun!
Enersol Solar Pool Heaters are made for ‘do-it-yourself’ installation. With our easy to follow video and simple instruction manual, the system can be up and running in a weekend. No gas or electrical inspectors to deal with! It is so versatile it can be put anywhere the sun shines. The ‘do-it-yourself’ kit is easily installed on the roof of your home or pool change room, off the deck, beside the pool or on the ground. The most durable and longest lasting solar panels on the market, our Solarprene® rubber is completely resistant to pool chemicals, harsh U.V. rays, cold Canadian winters and the hottest Florida summers.
How It Works
Pool water is pumped using your exisiting pool pump to the Enersol Solar Pool Heater panels. The sun’s rays heat the water in the panels, then the heated water is returned to your pool.
Enersol Solar Products Inc.’s exclusive ’18 Year Pro-rated Warranty’ against defects in the solar collector panels, assures you many years of worry-free, low maintenance pool heating. When compared to natural gas or heat pump warranties, our solar warranty provides long term coverage and ultimately, peace of mind.
Sizing Guide and Installation Information
The number of solar panels required to increase the pool temperature approximately 10 – 15 Degrees Celsius above air temperature is dependent on the size of your pool. The table below indicates the number of solar panel boxes required for your size pool to achieve these results similar to that of a gas heater on a sunny day– so warm, you will need to turn them off! However, don’t be discouraged if you cannot provide the surface area in the charts below. Most pools will achieve increased temperatures with only 2 or 3 kits. Enersol provides panel kits with either 4′ x 8′ systems (32 sq. ft) or 4′ x 10′ systems (40 sq. ft). Kits can then be connected together to increase your square footage and exposure to the sun. Custom length panels are also available by special order when necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
- 3 way valves MUST be turned so that all three ports are open. On motorized valves, turn switch to TEST. Let the valve turn halfway between and off. Pull out the electrical cord. This will prevent water from becoming trapped in the valve.
- Look for any threaded, removable end-caps on the roof and open them.
- Open all end caps at down pipes, pump house and blow any underground lines. Generally, make sure that no water remains in any low pipes, sags in pipes, valleys or any part of the system. Re-attach the end caps to ensure that nothing gets into the headers during the winter. WITHOUT DISTURBING THE TOP AND BOTTOM ROWS OF HEADERS, work your way along the panels and gently lift the rubber from top to bottom. If in doubt, you can open a section and drain out excess water. Only blowing the headers out with a shop vac, or compressor may NOT remove water properly.
- A general inspection of the roof at this time is wise. Check for loose lag bolts and strapping. Remove leaves and debris that might block the run-off of rain or snow.
The 1ft x 8ft panels weigh 8lbs dry and 12lbs when full of water.
814 BTUs per square foot were produced.
If your pool requires more than 28 boxes set them up in equal arrays piped in parallel. For example 40 boxes should be set up in two arrays of 20 boxes each. If you are setting up multiple arrays this will require plumbing extra parts, not included in your system kit. For each array you will need 2 caps.
Each system kit comes with 2 end caps, so order extra end caps as required for your system.
When you purchase ENERSOL panels, a system kit is necessary to assemble the panels. Only one kit per installation is required.
Kit Includes: installation guide, warranty card, installation tool, 2 O rings, 1 O ring lubricant, 2 HEC (header end connectors), 1 roof sealant, 2 end caps, 1 Teflon tape, 1 top strap (12 inch), and 1 lag bolt.
Some tools that are useful: variable speed drill, 3/8inch socket driver, chalk line, level, tape measure, hacksaw, utility knife, caulking gun, ladder and safety equipment.
Additional parts required: PVC heavy bodied cement, 1-1/2inch or 2inch plumbing (elbows, tees, couplers, pipe and pipe hold downs), extra lag bolts, 3-way valve, or automatic controller, one way check valve.
To begin, take out the last bolt on each line of strapping, then remove the first clip in from the end on the top and bottom header line. Using the orange installation tool, separate the headers at these points. A single section with an end cap at one end and piping on the other end should be left. Make a cut in a long straight portion of the piping , where an coupler can later easily be inserted. Remove the last header strap and remove the last section from the system. Bring in the new sections and install as you would in a new system, putting header straps every two headers and extending long strapping. Remember to keep the new mods angled for drainage. Finally attach the last section removed from the original system strapping it in with the other sections and make the necessary plumbing connection to close the gap in the pipe made by the system extension.
Note: when adding to an existing array you are still limited to 28ft x 1ft sections/array.