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    Pool Does Not Get Enough Sun

    We installed our pool last year. We were / are unable to remove enough trees to provide adequate sunlight to heat the pool. The best we did was about 72 degrees except during the week of 100+ degree days, then we reached 80 but on average we were seeing about 68 or 69 degrees. I would ideally like to see the temp at 79 or 80 consistently however, the pool only gets direct sunlight from about 11am - 4:30pm.

    What is the best alternative heat method? Solar may be difficult due to the lack of sunlight, but I might be able to set panels someplace where they will get more time in the sun but will I get the added temps I am looking for? How far is my pump able to move water? To get the most sun the panels would have to be located quite a distance from the pool.

    All suggestions will be appreciated. I am very handy when it comes to plumbing / electrical so if there is a way of building something I am willing to try.
    ~21 ft Round
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    Re: Pool Does Not Get Enough Sun

    Adding a solar blanket would be the first step regardless of what else you may try. It will save you 5 or 6 degrees every night, which will allow it to get quite a bit warmer than it would without the blanket.

    11-4:30 is the most intense solar heating time, so some panels would certainly help if you have the space.
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    Re: Pool Does Not Get Enough Sun

    I would suggest looking in to solar panels to heat the water. The panela can be mounted on roofs that have direct sunlight all day. I don't have any yet but plan on adding them to my pool. Their are many people here that use them and love them. Someone should be around to give better details.

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    Re: Pool Does Not Get Enough Sun

    Marcm...feel free to PM me neighbor. I have about the same situation in Dutchess cty as you do accross the river. Our pool is 30-40 ft away from 80+ft tall trees and lose the sun after 3:30 (mid-summer). Without the solar cover and two panels, low 70's is best we can hope for. I laid 2 4x20 solar bear panels, next to the pool and use a solar cover every night...80+ is not a problem. We went away for 5 days mid-jul and I left the panel valve open by accident , when we got back, I couldn't wait to jump in because it was so darn hot out (95deg...I know not bad by southern standards )...to my surprise, I felt like I hopped inot a bowl of 92deg soup...yup, the water hit 92

    Anyhow, my advice is 2 panels and a solar cover...check craigslist too!

    The below pic shows only one panel, but I've since added a second. The panels itself get sun from about 10am-3pm and are good for a 4-6 deg rise in temp per day. Retain that heat with a solar cover and you'll be in business


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    Re: Pool Does Not Get Enough Sun

    Thanks for the really fast replies. It looks like Solar Panels and a Solar cover are the way to go. I will plan for that and see what happens.

    Thanks again for the replies.
    ~21 ft Round
    ~52 inches high
    ~11,500 Gallons
    ~Hayward EC50 DE Filter and a 1hp pump. Flow Rate of 50 GPM

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