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Breaking down the cost of solar pool heating

One of the most common questions that we’re asked here at Sunlover Heating is: “How much does solar pool heating cost?” While the idea that solar pool heating is wildly expensive has faded, there is still some confusion about what exactly you’re paying for. That’s why we’re here with some answers!

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Costs can vary greatly depending on brand, the size of your swimming pool, your desired water temperature, the amount of sun and shade exposure the pool has, and the direction that the solar panels on your roof will face.

While you may be tempted to choose a small solar pool heating system to try and save on upfront costs, it’s important not to skimp on size. The cost may be higher for a larger pool, but if you don’t buy the right capacity system, the results will be disappointing. A Sunlover Heating consultant from Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney or any of our locations nationwide can suggest the best solar pool heating option for your requirements. Our advice is based on years of experience in the field, as well as the performance of systems we’ve installed in your area.

The good news is that most of the costs of your solar pool heating are upfront. Once the system is purchased and installed, it can cost as little as a dollar a day to run. To understand what this means in practice, it’s worth comparing the upfront and running costs of solar heating alongside other pool heating options. If you’re currently using a gas or electric pool heater, the savings from the solar heating system could pay for itself within 2-3 years of installation.

On average, solar pool heating panels should last for 10-15 years or even longer. In fact, there are solar pool systems that were installed in the early 1980s that are still functioning today. When you consider how much the technology of these systems has improved since then, system lifespan is not a big concern.

The sooner you decide to invest in a solar pool heating system, the more you can save and the quicker you can enjoy swimming in heated water without having to worry about the ever-increasing costs of a fossil fuel heater. Solar pool heating collectors are actually made from a special copolymer that is derived from fossil fuels. As the cost of these fossil fuels rises, so too does the cost of manufacturing and installation of a solar pool heating system.

Although it is advised, and in some states mandatory, to have the installation handled by licensed professionals, there are DIY installation options available for anyone with the necessary plumbing or handyman skills. This can reduce your upfront costs even further, but do proceed with caution – failure to install your system correctly can lead to problems in the future, which could end up costing you greatly.

If you’d like more information about the costs involved in solar pool heating in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or anywhere throughout Australia, please contact Sunlover Heating on 1800 815 913. One of our experienced consultants will be happy to help you find the right system to suit your pool and location.



Sunlover Heating have installed in excess of 65,000 solar pool heating systems and built a reputation of happy customers over 30 years.

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