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Thread: Solar heaters for spring and fall and the south?

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    Solar heaters for spring and fall and the south?

    I was curious if anyone on here that lives in the south where u really dont need a heater in the summer has one or has used one to heat up water in spring and extend swimming season in the fall and if so how did/does it work?
    30' round AG pool 21,200 Gallons, 52" high, 1 1/2 HP Pump;
    25" 300lb. Cooper Ranger sand filter .

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    Oct 2009
    Jacksonville, FL

    Re: Solar heaters for spring and fall and the south?

    We used our heat pump in the winter and heated the pool up to 96 degrees. You have to have a solar cover though because you will loose all of the heat at night.
    5,775 gal, IG free form, Beach Series Antigua by Marbletite Pebble finish, 2 swim out benches, Sheer Descent, IG Fountain, Dolphin / Mermaid Statues, StaRite Dura- Glas 1.5hp pump, Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter replaced with Hayward Pro-grid DE4820, Aqua Rite SWG with T-Cell 15, Polaris 360, Pentair 300w Light upgraded to Pentair IntelliBrite (OMG what a huge difference) , Heat Siphon Heat Pump DX 5.0 109,000 btu, Pool Cage, 1800sq ft Tremron Estate Pavers, solar cover, TF-100 test kit, Pentair Deck Jet, Apollo Magnetic Stirrer (Makes testing a breeze), Aquatherm Ecosun Solar Panels 192 sq ft with GL-235 Controller,Margarita Concoction Machine,
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    Nov 2009
    Indialantic, FL

    Re: Solar heaters for spring and fall and the south?

    The University of Central Florida "owns" a solar energy research center. They have a good amount of information that also includes sizing for the location and desired length of swim season. Worth a look IMHO.

    Florida Solar Energy Center
    Geometric 16X36', 16K gal, shotcrete, exposed aggregate plaster, acrylic coated concrete deck/cantilever coping;
    Pentair equipment suite (EasyTouch w/wireless, 2 Intellibrites, Intelliflo VS-3050, C&C 200 Filter, IC-40 SWG);
    Heliocol solar panels, Rocky's Roller, Blue Diamond robot

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