Automated timer for solar heater based on weather

CoolPoolZ

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I want to only run water through the solar panel when it will heat the pool. If its a dull day or cold I don’t want to run it. I don’t want to have to watch weather each day and manually put on pump when it meets the criteria. Is there a better way? Is there a timer that looks at the outside temperature or cloud cover?
 

ajw22

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That is what a Solar Controller like the Pentair Solar Touch does. It has a temperature sensor by the panels and a water temperature sensor. It turns the solar circulation on when the panel temperature is greater than the water temperature and off when a cloud comes over and the panel temperature drops.



 
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CoolPoolZ

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Jun 27, 2020
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Intex Krystal Clear
thanks, seems like the controllers are pricey- i think ill do this summer manually and if Im happy with the solar heater ill get the controller next year. If solar doesn’t work out i plan to get a heat pump but will require a dedicated higher amp circuit so putting that off.
 
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