senior couple swimming in pool

Swimming is fun, so long as the temperature is right. No one wants to take a dip in a pool of frigid water. However, that means your pool goes unused for months and months each year unless you’re willing to shoulder the increased electric bill for running a pool heater.

Luckily, there’s an easy solution: install solar pool heaters in Pittsburgh. With a solar pool heater, you can open your pool for swimming earlier in the season without racking up a major utility bill. These heaters harness the power of the sun to heat your water without the use of traditional electricity.

Solar energy is becoming more popular with both homeowners and business owners each year. In fact, heating pools is one of the most common uses of solar energy since it is extremely cost-effective in many climates. They often work in tandem with a conventional pool heater to significantly lower your month-to-month bills and overall operating costs.

Most solar pool heaters work like this: a pump sends the pool water through a filter and then into a solar collector, where the water is heated by the sun. The sun-heated water is then sent through the conventional pool heater and finally back into the pool itself. There is typically also a flow control valve that allows you to choose whether or not to divert water to the solar collector. You can learn more by talking to a pool specialist at Valley Pool & Spa.