Solar Pensacola
Panama City Beach Solar Residential

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question about Solar Pool Heaters that is not answered here, please contact us at 850-439-0035. For detailed technical data, including performance ratings, click here to download our technical data sheet in pdf format.

Is solar pool heating dependable?

Compass Solar Energy has been heating pools and making swimming seasons longer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly since 1998. As long as the sun keeps shining, you can depend on solar.

How does the cost of a solar pool heater compare with other pool heating options?

While installation costs are comparable to conventional fossil fuel heaters, there are zero operating costs, so a solar pool heating system will pay for itself in as little as two years. After that, you’ll be collecting dividends year after year as you heat your pool with the sun’s endless supply of free energy.

Is a solar pool heater simple to operate?

Using your existing pool pump, water is circulated through the many small passages of the solar collector, where it is warmed by the sun. This warm water then flows directly back to your pool through the regular pool plumbing. Solar Pool Heaters are designed to work with your existing filtration equipment as well as the latest in pool automation technology.

What if I already have a gas heater or heat pump?

A Solar Pool Heater can also work alongside your existing conventional heater. A “hybrid pool heating system” uses solar as the primary source of heat, and any existing gas or electric heater as a backup if necessary. With a hybrid pool heating system, you truly get the best of both worlds.

Do the collectors have to face south and be mounted on my roof?

Not necessarily. Though solar pool collectors are generally roof mounted, they can be installed anywhere, as long as they will receive sunlight a good portion of the day. Depending on the angle of the mounting surface, east and west facing systems can function equally as well.

What is a solar pool blanket?

A solar pool blanket is a floating polyethylene material that insulates the pool surface and allows light to pass through into the pool.

Should I use a pool blanket with a solar pool heating system?

With a properly sized solar pool heater, a pool blanket is normally not required to keep the pool at a comfortable temperature during the normal swimming season. However, a pool blanket does help retain heat at night and prevent evaporation loss. The blanket traps the solar heat that has been added during the day, and is very complementary to the solar pool heating system. The solar pool heating system can be viewed as actively adding heat. The blanket retains that heat passively.  We recommend using a pool blanket to optimize your solar pool heater’s performance.

How much would a solar pool heater cost for my pool?

Solar pool heating system prices for a residential pool can range anywhere from $4000 to $8000. The location and size of the pool, location of the solar panels, desired temperature and season, and type of pool equipment determine system size and costs. Compass Solar can give you a general estimate on the phone after you answer some questions.   To get a personalized solar pool heating quote please set up an appointment  by calling Compass Solar Energy at 850-439-0035.

What special maintenance is required on a solar pool heater?

Usually no special maintenance is required during the season. Modern electronic controls allow you to “set and forget” the solar heater. You will need to shut off the system and drain the panels in the winter. Compass Solar Energy offers a winterization service, or do it yourself.

Can a solar pool heater also cool my pool?

During the hottest part of the summer, running the solar pool heating system at night can cool a pool to a more refreshing swimming temperature — down several degrees in one night if the conditions are right.