We are looking to install a solar heating system on our pool for the up and coming pool season, but i have a few questions that i am unsure of that is keeping me from pulling the trigger on the install, and was hoping the pool greats around here could give me some advice.
We are looking to install two 2ft by 20ft panels for our 24ft above ground pool. The pumping equipment has been plumbed over to our garage using 1 1/2 PVC that is about 10 ft. away from the pool. After watching outside we have decided that the most sunny spot for the panels would be on the roof of our garage which is about 9ft above the pump, that is a Hayward 1HP 65gpm. With the panels being plumbed into the return side would this create any problems for the pump having to push the water straight up 9 feet to the panels and then back down to the pool? Should a valve be installed so that we can bypass the panels if the need arises? Are solar heaters really worth it?
Thank you in advance for any insight!