14 Feb 2010 5:00 PM
We have decided to go for a concrete pool but now have to decide on how to heat it.
What kind of temperature does solar heating provide to a pool during summer and colder months?
Would we reasonably get to use the pool for more than 4 months of the year if it was solar heated?
Is gas heating a lot more expensive to get installed than solar heating? Has anyone had this done and could recommend/advise against it?
Any comments would be much appreciated.
14 Feb 2010 6:06 PM
|Solar will extend the season by two months and start it two months earlier. You can install it yourself. You need to make sure though that when your pool is built, that the installer puts in an extra flow and return pipe for solar heating (they charge a couple of hundred bucks on average to do this).
The above link, explains the system sold in Bunnings for DIY installation. There are a couple of PDFs worth reading such as the installation manual. The system is made by HyClor so will be good quality.
I don't know about gas, but with gas prices set to skyrocket, I reckon it may be a bit expensive to run.
Just to add, we have been using our Pool since mid October and will probably still be using it until the end of March (we did last year). |
14 Feb 2010 7:41 PM
|Thanks very much for that.
I will look into it.|
15 Feb 2010 7:33 AM
|We use our backyard pool, the Indian Ocean, twelve months of the year.|
15 Feb 2010 5:16 PM
|Our pool is not heated and is in use for around 5 months, the cover traps the heat.
If you want something all year round you could try a spa, plus it would be cheaper. We checked a few places out at the weekend, prices have come down a fair bit since last Christmas when we looked but decided against it. According to the chap in the shop they have come down considerably due to the strength of the Aussie dollar.
I checked out a couple of places in Joondalup, notably Billabong Spas for price and service http://www.billabongspas.net.au/, anyone else recommend anywhere?