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    $5300 for solar heating for my pool - is this a good deal?

    I got a bid from Son Energy for 450 sq ft of solar heating panels for my roof to heat my pool. Is this a good deal? Does anyone know about solar heating?
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    Re: $5300 for solar heating for my pool - is this a good dea

    You might want to get several estimates to compare. Most manufacturers will have a "Find a Dealer" app on their site.

    http://www.heliocol.com/find/index.php

    How high will the panels be above the pool water?

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    Re: $5300 for solar heating for my pool - is this a good dea

    I recently put in 6ea 4' x 12' helicol panels, for just the panels, mtg, and plumbing was $3500. The sys was stubbed for solar at the equip pad and the automation was already in place.
    DONE, 20 x 40, inground gunite, 30" raised bond beam with 3 12" sheer descents, 8' diving board, pentair 420 cartridge filter, vs-3050 pump, intellechlor ic-40, auto cvr, Tahoe blue pebble tech, 6ea 4' x 12.5' & 2ea 1' x 12.5' helicol solar panels, legend robotic cleaner.

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    Re: $5300 for solar heating for my pool - is this a good dea

    I did my own solar install last April and installed 5 Aquasol panels 4' x 12'. It took a week of evenings after work and a Saturday morning to do it all myself. I learned all I needed to know from the manual, TFP posts, and a couple of other web sites with good cartoon explanations. It really was not all that difficult and I literally did it all myself. We already use a Pentair Easytouch control system so automation was built in and ready to go from the start. We spent just under $2000 on the entire project including PVC, fittings, & valve actuator. It works great and we were swimming in 83 degree water this past weekend (we also use a solar cover in fall & spring). Really, it depends on what you want. Either way, I'd get several estimates and compare them to find the best solution for your situation.
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    Re: $5300 for solar heating for my pool - is this a good dea

    That may be inline. I paid $3150 for 192 sq ft, Aquatherm panels and believe me it is worth it. We keep the pool at 88-92 degrees and we love it. Look at out solar install in the sig bar
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    Re: $5300 for solar heating for my pool - is this a good dea

    Every TIME I look at your pool, I want it and the view!!!
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    Re: $5300 for solar heating for my pool - is this a good dea

    Son Energy offers a $500 rebate if referred by angies list.
    They seem to do an OK job.
    We had 550 sq ft of heliocool installed by Son Energy for a new pool for ~$6,700.
    24K gallon inground gunite/pebble sheen pool, 34'x16' 4-7.5ft deep, 750sq ft solar, pentair ultratemp, intelliflow vs+, ic60, intellichem w/ acid pump, quad de 100, intellibright 5g, intellitouch i5-3s with Screenlogic2, 3" primary piping - 2.5" at equip pad, auto switched deep heating and main returns, automatic safety cover w/ electronic lock and embedded recessed undertrack, sealed stamped concrete deck, dolphin deluxe 5, started up December 2011.

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    Re: $5300 for solar heating for my pool - is this a good dea

    Quote Originally Posted by MattM
    Son Energy offers a $500 rebate if referred by angies list.
    They seem to do an OK job.
    We had 550 sq ft of heliocool installed by Son Energy for a new pool for ~$6,700.
    Hi Matt, do you have another company you recommend? Thanks
    30k gallon, 793 sq ft, 50x21 infinity edge pool, 8x8spa, shotcrete plaster, Pentair intelliflo vs3050 pumps (2x), Pentair 2hp spa jet pump (1x), Pentair EZ Touch 8 indoor & outdoor, Pentair IS4 spa controller, Pentair Clean&Clear Plus 420, Pentair Intellichlor SWG

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