Commercial solar pool heaters are expensive, especially if you need multples. Here's how you can cobble together a solar collector/heater for your pool and create interesting 3-D optical illusions to entertain (or frighten) your neighbours and friends.
It's not as hard as it looks. If I can do it, anyone can do it.
Step 1: Why Another?
There are a lot of pool heater instructions on the internets; this one culls together the best parts of each (sort of) and provides more specific advice for the pumping situation.
Step 2: Components
The solar heater consists of three main components:
- Pool water
- A pump
- Solar heater
The action is:
- Water is pumped from the pool to the collector
- The collector transfers its heat to the water going through it
- The heated (sort of) water is returned to the pool
Step 3: Components, cont.
For this 'able, we'll be using two collectors and two input/output streams.
I started out with just one collector and wanted to try more for more heat exchange.
Step 4: Tools and Materials
The hardest (uhm, next-to-the-hardest) part of the solar collector system is getting the right materials and getting them to all fit together without becoming a Rube Goldberg project.
As we go along the steps, I'll show you more details about what specific parts were used.