The use of renewable “green” energy, solar energy in particular, is growing like a weed and this means there are a lot of solar powered products on the market.
Solar powered pool products are becoming increasingly popular due to their effectiveness. I mean just think about it, the pool is the perfect sunny environment for something that relies on the sun for energy.
But just because they are popular doesn’t mean you should go out and buy any old solar powered pool product. There are good ones and there are bad ones. Of course you want the good products that live up to their expectations and save you a bunch of money while also being environmentally friendly.
I have created this site to inform pool owners like yourself of the wonders of solar powered pool equipment as well as to help you find the good products that are out there. Here you can find reviews on…
- Solar Powered Pool Skimmers
- Solar Heaters
- Solar Powered Pool Ionizers
- Solar Covers
And in case you are unfamiliar with any of these types of products here is a brief overview of each.
Solar Powered Pool Skimmers
Solar powered pool skimmers float on the surface of the water and move around pulling in debris. They are a real time saver and can save you money in pool cleaning.
One thing that is great about the skimmers is that they can keep you ENTIRE pool clean, including the bottom. People often don’t think of skimming as being a way to keep the dirt off the bottom. But the truth is that much of the dirt and debris that settles on the bottom starts out by floating on the surface.
You can keep these things running all day at no cost and they require very little maintenance. All you have to do is clean the debris out once they fill.
Solar heaters are not actually solar “powered”, as you would normally think of with solar panels. They use the suns heat directly instead of converting sunlight to usable energy.
These are very simple in design and even can be home-made, but you better be crafty if you are looking to do so.
Solar heaters are usually a panel covered in polycarbonate with coils on the inside. The water is pumped through these coils, which are heated from sunlight entering though the clear covering, and then back into the pool. They are hooked up directly to your pool pump.
Besides being a free way to heat your pool, they are also great because they require no maintenance. There are no moving parts of any kind, so there are usually no problems.
Solar Powered Pool Ionizer
Pool ionizers are a great way to keep your pool algae-free without dumping a bunch of chlorine in it. Unfortunately they are less known and not as widely used as all the chemical products.
The mineral ionization technology that they use is backed by science. It is so effective that it generally reduces pool owners’ need for chlorine by 80%. And that means you save a lot of money (chlorine is expensive!).
Solar powered pool ionizers are low maintenance and have no moving parts. float on the surface of the water and have an electrode that is beneath, which gives off ions.
The ions produced are harmless. This method for keeping your pool sure beats out chlorine and all of its swim suit fading, eye stinging side effects.
Solar covers are about as simple as it gets, yet extremely effective. In fact, I would say that they are probably the most cost effective method for heating swimming pools.
They lie on the surface of the water, absorbing sunlight and transferring heat to the water beneath them, and preventing that heat from escaping into the air. Because they cover the water surface, they also prevent evaporation, which is very important not only for keeping water levels up, but also for keeping your pool heated.
Evaporation plays a huge role in the temperature of your pool. When water evaporates it requires a great deal of energy. And this lost energy means lost heat.
Solar covers usually are made to cover the entire pool. But there are also “solar rings” (aka solar mats) that are oval shaped and cover only a small area. Solar rings function the same but they are more for a pleasant appearance (they look nice).