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    Solar Heaters

    1. 1 year ago
      We enjoy our pool longer with our solar panels.
      Once panels are connected and sun arrived our pool was enjoyed dinner with warmer temperatures.
    2. 4 months ago
      Good solar heater - our pool is 82 by May 1
      We were skeptical that solar would work here in PA, but it sure does, we get the water warm quickly and have a month extra to enjoy the pool. By late June we don't need the heater, until after Labor Day. Have had this heater for 3-years now, and was asked to review. Left it on too long last season and had it 90 degs on memorial day (way too hot), so yeah it works. Be sure to install more than you need tho, if you wanta longer swim season.
    1. 5 years ago
      Awsome Heater
      Just received Beluga today. Cold water goes in and hot comes out. Simple. And if a leak happens we just replace the hose.
    2. 4 years ago
      Better than expected
      I have had this working all summer and it does an excellent job. It kept our pool warm (typically cools 1-2 deg/night w/ cover only - cold here at night) and comfortable. We attached 125' of black rubber hose, coiled it, and it worked wonderfully. (Advice for the person who couldn't get it to attach: go to a home store and spend about $1.38 for a reducer or adapter. Ask for help and someone can fix this for you.)
    3. 2 years ago
      Love it!
      I have 2 attached to my pool. Does raise the temperature in the pool water
    1. 5 years ago
      I was so surprised at how thick this blanket was. Although we bought it at the end of the season, it seemed to keep the water warmer than our old blanket.
    2. 5 years ago
      Really heats up pool!
      I love how this heats up our pool. We've had a cool summer, but this cover makes the pool have an inviting temperature.
    3. 4 years ago
      Keep our pool warm & clean
      I buy a new solar cover every summer as we keep it on all the time except when we are using the pool. We live in a farming area & this keeps our pool much cleaner & because it is a solar cover, it is always warm & ready to use when we are ready! Because we leave it on all the time, it disintegrates by the end of the summer, but I have tried the more expensive ones & they do the same. I like the thickness of this one better than the lower priced one.
    1. 5 years ago
      It worked!
      I bought this as we have had a cold summer. My 3 year old granddaughters birthday party was to be a pool party here. I put it in and with clouds and mid 80 temps it raised the temp of water 5 degrees in 4 days. All the kids had a blast. So I am sold on this product! Well worth the money!
    2. 3 years ago
      Not too hot....
      So far, I've only noticed minimal heating. However, the water evaporation is greater than when using me solar blanket. But then, maybe my expectations were too great.
    3. 2 years ago
      Great Product Does all it Claims to do!!!
      Bought for my daughters pool. She uses it regularly during the summer pool season and simply loves it. It is truly a Great Product for conserving pool chemicals and water temperature.
    1. 1 year ago
      Warms our pool water
      Love it. Warmed our pool water. Only its big and bulky. Need help placing on the pool
    2. 1 year ago
      Received promptly after ordering. Seems to be sturdy. So far it has kept our pool warmer on the cool nights. We haven't had it to long so we're not sure if it holds up.
    3. 1 year ago
      Just what I expected
      Bought this product when we opened the pool for the season this year. It arrived promptly and is of good sturdy construction. The size is correct as advertised and it help to maintain the water temp in the pool during the cooler nights
    1. 1 year ago
      Does not lie flat.
      Solar blanket does not lie flat. Very wrinkly even after on pool after a few weeks. 12 ml is as expected. However disappointed in the looks of this. Did not have this problem with my other ones.
    2. 2 years ago
      A Solar balnket to be proud of!
      After having our in ground pool over 32 years we have gone through several solar blankets, but this one we receive 2 weeks ago appears to be the best one ever. It is well sized and much thicker than our previous ones. We have been blessed with more rain and some cooler days and nights , but we have been able to swim almost every day in comfort. It keeps our pool temperature up and seems to do a great job. We will have to wait to determine the durability of the blanket.
    3. 2 months ago
      Warms Water but material is DIFFERENT this year
      It has definitely raised the water temp however the material feels very different from the several other covers we have order here in the past. This year it seems the 'plastic' resin material is very 'crispy' almost like its going to crack/peel/rip and not last as long as other covers have in the past. Only time will tell. Also, it does not lay flat on the water like others in the past have.
    1. 4 years ago
      Works Even Better Than Expected
      Like to swim only in warm water 82-84 F, thus a pool cover to keep heat loss to a minimum is a MUST. After reading up on Troublefreepools.com I decided on a near clear color and top of line 16 mils as bubble-type solar covers go. While my Intex UltraFrame pool is only 12x24 I ordered the 18x36 cover and cut to size. Will use rest to wrap around the pool sides (under a deck) for added insulation. Pool is heated by a geothermal heatpump, now only running about 2 hrs a day to maintain above ... read more temperatures even after cool nights. Pool is in partly shaded location. Use a PoolBoy motorized reel with remote control, well worth it compared to manually turned reels. Easy one-person operation.
    2. 3 weeks ago
      Long Life
      Just looked to see when we purchased this solar blanket. It has lasted 12 years, which is 4 years longer than the warranty.
    3. 2 weeks ago
      High Five
      This solar cover is nice and thick. Good quality product.
    1. 12 months ago
      Works well
      Works well my pool is shaded but this is the perfect solution to the shade. A little difficult to set up.
    2. 1 year ago
      Works great!!
      Purchased two to heat my 24ft round above ground pool. Works great, when it’s sunny. Has already extended my swimming season by a month. Normally I would not have even opened the pool. For those reviews that complain of leaks I wonder if it was assembled correctly? Followed directions and correct setting for divertor valve and no leaks anywhere
    3. 1 year ago
      Great Item
      Got few weeks ago, hook up to pool filter was easy. Works great, warmer return water.
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    In The Swim Knowledge Pool: Solar Pool Heaters

    In The Swim's Dr. Pool

    Harness the Power of the Sun

    In The Swim has solar pool heaters for inground pools and solar pool heaters for above ground pools. Capture the sun´s energy and put it to work heating your swimming pool! Solar pool heaters work well in all parts of the U.S., placed in any backyard area with daily unobstructed sun. Modular above ground pool solar heaters connect quickly to the pool return hose, and inground solar heaters are mounted to a nearby roof, rack or fence. 


    Pool Solar Heater Benefits

    • •  Most affordable pool heater you can buy, and free to operate
    • •  Environmentally friendly - no emissions, and no fuel used
    • •  Simple DIY installation by any handy homeowner

    The best feature of solar pool heaters is the free pool heat, after a low initial cost. In addition, solar pool heaters start great backyard conversations!

    How Solar Heaters Work: Inground or above ground solar pool heaters circulate pool water through black tubes that absorb the sun’s heat. A solar panel bypass allows you to control the flow rate through the solar panels and turn the system off during rainy days or after dark. Facing the solar panels in a southern direction, tipped towards the sun will increase solar heating; 6 hours of daily, unobstructed sun is best for optimum heating.

    Will Solar Pool Heaters Work on My Pool? Solar pool heaters will work well across the entire country, as long as you have a sunny spot near your pool pump that gets 4-6 hours of direct sun. Heat output depends on several factors, including the size of the solar system in relation to the pool, whether or not the pool is covered, and how many hours of daily sun the pool and solar panels receive. Good-sized solar heater systems can add between 15-20° F to your pool water, in all regions of the country, and smaller solar systems can easily add 5-10° F. 

    How Many Solar Panels are Needed? The more solar panel surface area you have (Sq. Ft.), the more solar energy you can transfer to the pool water. Inground solar heaters are typically sized to 40-50% of the pool surface area, but shallower above ground solar heaters are best sized to match 20-30% of the pool surface area. Calculate the pool surface area in square feet, and then use the multiplier to buy enough solar panels to match the result. The more solar panels you add, the greater the heat gain. 

    Solar Pool Heater Installation

    Above ground solar pool heaters are built for simple installation. Simply cut the return hose and connect the hose ends to the bypass kit, to allow you to reduce the flow rate into the solar panels (slower is best for heat absorption). Using a 3-way diverter valve, or two 2-way valves will allow you to bypass the solar panels completely, during rainy days or after dark, or if the pool becomes too warm. 

    Inground pool solar heaters may require advance planning for placement of the 10' or 20' long solar panels, and some PVC plumbing to route the water into and out of the solar panels. Our 10' and 20' panels can be placed directly on the ground, but for best results, mount onto a roof or rack, facing south. The Bypass Valve Kit is used for control of flow into the solar panels, and to bypass the system completely during inclement weather, and at night.    

    In The Swim solar pool heater experts are happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding solar pool heating or any of In the Swim’s pool supplies. Give us a call anytime at 1-800-288-7946.