I looking into heating options for my pool, and I'm trying to decide between solar, propane, or both. Last year was my first year with the pool, and there were times when we would have benefitted from an extra degree or two, so I think I'm going to add solar for now, and a propane heater later if needed.
I have a shed that is close to the pool that I'd like to add panels on top of. The shed is 18 x 22, with what I think is a 4/12 roof. The peak of the roof runs exactly north to south. It leaves me with an east facing side, and a west facing side. For plumbing simplicity...I want to keep panels on the same side of the peak, right? I would think the sun would be more intense on the west side of the roof later in the day, but that's also the side of the roof that receives the prevailing wind, and sometimes there's a lot of prevailing wind in NW OH. What about orientation of the panels? I wanted to get two 4 x 20 panels, and run them the length of the roof, but the pictures online have them oriented running from the peak downward to the eaves. Does it matter?
Any preferred brands? I keep seeing Smartpool, and it seems like they get decent reviews.
Is the solar controller with the valve worth it? I'd rather do this right the first time.