- Extend the swim season – The average pool owner uses the pool three or four months a year because the water is just too cold the rest of the time
- Save energy – Putting the sun’s energy to work means you avoid ever rising electricity costs.
- Safe the Environment – Solar heating is a GREEN way to warm your pool and reduce your carbon footprint, as it is not dependant on electricity to generate heat.
- Low in Maintenance – Because the water from your pool passes through the filter before heading to the panels (clean cycle) they require minimal maintenance.
- Maintenance made easy – With the Techno Spaghetti panels maintenance is made even easier. The Panel consists of 76 individual flow pipes. In the event of damage, a single flow pipe can easily be replaced. Thus veering away from messy repairs and costly replacements.
Techno Spaghetti panels consist of the following:
- 76 x 3m individual HDPE extruded flow pipes
- 2 x 50mm, 1.3m long header pipes
- 152 injection moulded grommets
- 32 x custom moulded braces, that neatly presents the panel
As no two pools are the same, calculating the quantity of panels you might require can be a daunting task, so let’s simplify it.
- Step 1.
Calculate the volume of water in your pool by multiplying the largest length by the greatest width and the average depth (Length x Width x Depth = Volume)
- Step 2
Positioning of the panels are of utmost importance in guaranteeing an efficient installation. Always look for the spot on the roof that has no overhanging trees or afternoon shadows. Ideally one would look to position the panels on the North facing side of a roof slope. This all allows of optimum exposure to the sun.
- Step 3.
Determine where you intend on running the piping, as once the panels have been fixed to your roof they will have to be connected to your pool pump with 50mm PVC piping. (Check out our hour handy tips below)
After completing the three easy steps we, can now determine the quantity of panels required.
One in the bank
When calculating the quantity of panels, we always add one additional panel. The plus 1 rule allows for the heating loss that might occur because of piping that has been installed below soil or hidden in shady spots.
Say your pool has a water volume of 60 000L (8.0m x 5.0m x 1.5m)
Our panels are formulated to cater for 10 000L of water each, thus you would require 6 panels to heat your pool + the one in the bank
Totaling 7 panels for a 60 000L pool
Let’s do one more
Say your pool has a water volume of 30 000L (5.0m x 3.0m x 1.5m)
We allow one panel for every 10 000L of water, thus you would need 3 panels to heat your pool + the one in the bank
Totaling 4 panels for a 30 000L pool
Tip 1 – When installing the connection piping from your pump, to the panels on the roof, always try and choose the straightest line. As installing unnecessary bends could affect the flow ratio of your pump.
Tip 2 – if you have no other choice but to trench and bury the connection piping, we highly recommend insulating the pipes. By doing so you can minimise the heat loss that will occur by the cold soil surrounding the pipes.
Tip 3 – know your equipment, ensuring your pump size (kw) is sufficient before installing the panels can save you from nasty surprises at a later stage. This is not an uncommon problem to occur in double story homes, or when the pump is located a fair distance from the panels.
Tip 4 – Only run your panels during the hottest times of the day, we recommend from 10am to 4pm. As running your panels in the colder times of the day could have a cooling effect on the pool
Tip 5 – Cover your pool. By installing a Bubble cover or PVC Safety cover you will be able to raise the temperature of your pool even more. By covering your pool, you minimise the heat loss that takes place at night. For example, if you manage to heat your pool 6° everyday but loose that very same 6° at night you’re not really getting anywhere. But add a cover to the pool and restrict that heat loss to 3° at night whilst heating to 6° again tomorrow. We now have a pool that will heat up 15° in a 5-day cycle.