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    Solar heater- roof mount ??

    Does anyone here have any experience with an Aqua therm or Sun catcher type solar heater? I am thinking of getting one and want some opinions.

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    Re: Solar heater- roof mount ??

    Bump.......Help !
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    Re: Solar heater- roof mount ??

    Obviously, no one here has any experience with those. What information were you looking for?
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    Re: Solar heater- roof mount ??

    I put in (3) 4x12 Aquatherm panels this pasty May.
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    Re: Solar heater- roof mount ??

    Dayhiker,

    How does it work?? That is about the size I was thinking of and your pool is nearly exactly what I have. How much temp increase did you notice??
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    Re: Solar heater- roof mount ??

    I think it works pretty good. I only get sun from about 9 until about 2 or 3 on the panels. My water stays upper 80's. Normally I'd be lower 80's. Most folks in full sun in central Alabama would be low 90's unassisted, so a 10 deg difference due to my trees is a big deal.
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    Re: Solar heater- roof mount ??

    So you gained about 8 degrees with 3 panels....great! I am getting 4 and I get full sun from 8am to about 3pm. MAybe I'll get 10. I am in NJ and my pool stays about 78 unless we get in the 90's then it gets to 80-81. I would like it at 86-88.
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    Re: Solar heater- roof mount ??

    Keep in mind that my normal high in the summer is probably 90-96 and normal low is probably 70-74. You're getting lots more sunlight than me though.

    JohnT on this board lives in central Indiana and has about the same 25% coverage that I do and his water gets to the 90's when he covers the pool at night. I don't cover my pool. We had a mild week a couple weeks back. I covered the pool, we got about 1.5-2" of rain and I still held 85 degrees with half a day of sun on a Sat.
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