Above Ground Swimming Pool Solar Heater
Will a Solar Pool Heater heat my pool?
Of course! Each system produces up to 80,000 BTUs of heat per day. In general, this will heat a 24-foot round pool 7o to 10o Fahrenheit warmer during the season than a pool without a solar system. (Note: the Solar Bear Junior Disc System is designed to heat a 15-foot round pool with up to 40,000 BTUs per day.) A solar blanket will help hold in this heat at night or when it's windy, and can help the system do even more. For larger pools, we recommend you start with one system unless your pool is in the shade. It's easy to add another system later if you need it. If you think you may need another, leave room on your rack!
Can a Solar Pool Heater also cool my pool?
During the hottest part of the summer, running the solar system at night can cool a pool to a more refreshing swimming temperature - down several degrees in one night if the conditions are right. Also, if your pool is too warm, leave the solar blanket off at night to allow more heat to escape.
How big of a system do I need?
For best results follow the attached sizing chart. It is important to follow this sizing chart to ensure your system will be large enough to heat your pool. A properly sized system will raise pool temperatures 10-15 degrees during the season. For areas where the swimming season can be year round, an additional panel may be needed to heat your pool during the cooler months.
Will the Solar Bear work OK with my pool equipment?
Of course. The Solar Bear system is designed to work with any common, above ground pool pump.
Do I need anything else?
Solar Bear Plus comes complete with enough hose to connect to your pump and filter. If you are installing the panel far away from your equipment, you will need to purchase extra hose. If you'd like to build a platform or rack, a materials list is available from your pool store. FAFCO also provides a sample Rack Design. See our Support section for other useful information.
How big is the Solar Bear System for Above Ground Pools?
Approximately 20 feet long by 57 inches wide.
How much does it weigh?
The panel alone weighs 38 pounds. When it is full of water, it is approximately 120 pounds. Each 20' panel holds about 15 gallons of water.
Is the Solar Bear pool heater hard to install?
Anyone can install it! The system can be easily installed in less than 30 minutes, and with the Solar Bear Plus we include the only tool you need! See our Installation overview.
Where can I put it?
Anywhere that the panel will be in full sun for most of the day. The panel should face south if possible, but west is the next best. Lay it on grass, gravel, landscaping bark or the like, or mount it on a platform, rack or deck. Mounting at a 20o to 45o angle with the ground will help maximize efficiency.
Should I use a pool cover with a solar pool heating system?
A pool cover prevents evaporation loss, particularly at night. The cover traps the solar heat that has been added during the day. This is very complementary to the solar system. The solar system can be viewed as actively adding heat. The cover retains that heat passively.