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How long does a solar pool heating system take to work?

At Sunlover Heating, we take great pleasure in educating our customers about the options available for heating their Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane pools. Our most popular option—particularly during Australia’s balmy summer months—is solar pool heating. Customers are drawn to the system’s environmental friendliness and cost effectiveness, and rightfully so.

However, before taking the plunge, customers often want to know: if I invest in solar pool heating, how many days will it be before my pool is at a swimmable temperature?

Unfortunately, the short and admittedly unhelpful answer to this question is: it depends.

A solar pool heater’s effectiveness is determined by a number of environmental factors—geography and climate chief among them. In some cases, a newly-installed solar pool heater can deliver results in under a day, but unfavourable conditions will prolong the time required to reach your pool’s temperature “sweet spot” of 27 – 29°C.

Let’s take a closer look at what you’ll want to consider when you select a solar pool heater to warm your pool in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney.

Factors that impact solar pool heating effectiveness

On average, solar pool heating can warm a standard Sydney, Melbourne, or Adelaide pool (32 meters squared) by approximately 2.5 – 5.5°C per day. Not surprisingly, however, the total time depends on several variables. Outside of climate and geography (the more sunshine, the better!), these variables include, but are not limited to:

• Heat loss due to evaporation and weather systems;
• The size of your solar pool heating area;
• Solar heat panel placement and, if applicable, the colour and material of your roofing;
• Shade exposure;
• Etc.

Each of these factors individually affects your pool’s starting temperature, making a solar pool heater’s “time to heat” something of a moving target.

Gas pump heaters and pool blankets: simple supplementary heating solutions

To ward against many of the factors listed above, we recommend that every residential or commercial pool owner—whether you’re in Brisbane, Sydney, or Melbourne—invest in a pool blanket. This one-time investment will retain upwards of 75% of your pool’s average daily heat loss, helping your solar pool heating system work smarter, not harder.

Additionally, if you are in Melbourne or a more temperate Australian climate, heating times are prolonged over the cold, winter months. What might take two days in Queensland can more than double in Victoria and South Australia. For this reason, we recommend supplementing your solar pool heating system with a pool heat pump, as this will speed up the heating process significantly.

From a cold water standing start at the beginning of the swim season—which, once you choose Sunlover Heating, can be all year round—solar pool heating can heat your Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane pool to a comfortable, swimmable temperature in no time flat. Best of all, solar pool heaters offer a significant yield at a fraction of the price as other pool heating solutions currently on the market.

To learn more about this environmentally-friendly heating option, connect with one of our friendly, helpful staff today on 1800 815 913.



Sunlover Heating have installed in excess of 65,000 solar pool heating systems and built a reputation of happy customers for more than 25 years.

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