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How shade affects your solar pool heating

Australia has an abundance of sunlight, and so it is no surprise that solar pool heating in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane are such a popular method for warming your swimming pool. Solar heating works by harnessing the free energy from the sun to heat the solar collectors that contain your flowing pool water. Solar collectors rely on direct sunlight to optimise their heating potential, so there are factors such as where your collectors are placed and if anything gets in the way such as shade. Let’s take a closer look at how shade affects your solar pool heating in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.

Why sunlight is so important
As the name suggests, solar pool heating requires sunlight to ensure that the product works and heats your pool effectively. Here in Australia, north (to north-west) is the best direction to get the optimum amount of sunlight to heat your pool. You should aim for an area that will get good sunlight during the longest period of the day.

What happens when you have too much shade over your solar collectors
Solar pool heating is a great addition to your Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane home, and in order to have it be most effective, the less shade you have over your solar collectors, the better. Homes that don’t have much sunlight because they are blocked by trees or buildings may need to install an above average amount of solar collectors, or may look for other areas on the property to put them, in order for solar pool heating to be effective. If you have trees on your property, this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to bring out the chainsaw to install solar pool heating at your Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. The amount of sunlight you can still get hitting your solar collectors depends on a few factors regarding the trees in your yard. These include the density of the foliage, the movement of the trees, and how they will grow over time.

Other factors that affect your solar pool heating
As well as shade, how well your solar collectors work also depends on their size in relation to the swimming pool that you wish to heat. They should be between 80% and 100% of the surface area of the pool. The tilt of your roof also determines how well the solar pool heating works, and most solar collectors should be at a geographical latitude plus ten to fifteen percent.

Your installer will be able to go over these factors with you to determine if solar is the best solution for your pool heating. After the installation of your system, you should have few problems. Your collectors will require little maintenance, and all you have to do is take care of your pool cleaning to ensure you are able to relax and enjoy your swimming pool. To enquire about solar pool heating in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, have a chat with the team at Sunlover Heating today on 1800 815 913.