1) The solar collector
area is based on the surface area of the pool (length x width).
2) The solar pool collectors come
in 3 sizes: 4x8, 4x10 and 4x12. Divide the gross collector
area (32 sq. ft., 40 sq. ft., 48 sq .ft.) by the surface
area of the pool to determine the size of the system.
3) The percentage of collector area
to the surface area of the pool determines the length of
your swimming season. 50% coverage = 6 months, 75% coverage
= 8-9 months (75-95 degrees).
4) If you do not have
a due south exposure you may also go with a southeast or
You may want to increase the collector area up to 25% if
you are due west or east. A due east exposure will give you
about a 6 month season.
5) For the most part a solar pool
system will require a gas back up in the winter months because
the days are shorter and the nights are colder.
6) Determine the ABC’s