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Solar Hydronics Solar Pool Heaters
Solar pool heaters are fairly simple. They have three major components – the collectors, the controller and the mounting hardware. Before we can detail our equipment, we want to make sure you have a basic understanding of these parts.
- The Collectors are the main feature of a solar pool heating system. They have two parts: the header and the absorber.
- The Header is the solar collector’s “expressway”, where all water is fed to and from the absorber surface. The headers of each collector all connect together to create one continuous array of solar panels.
- The Absorber is the heating surface of the solar collector. It’s made up of many water carrying channels where the water absorbs the solar heat and passes it back to your pool.
- The Controller is the simplest part of your solar pool heater. It’s the brain. The controller directs the water from your pump and filter up to the solar collectors for heating when necessary.
- Finally, the Mounting Hardware holds the collectors securely to your roof or ground rack.
While most solar pool manufacturers weld the header to the absorber, which can lead to many problems, all SHC collectors are manufactured utilizing an over-molded header.
That means that the header is molded, or formed directly over the absorber surface, creating a single body unit, with no gaps, leaks, missed welds, cold seals, clogs, plugged absorber holes, dimpled tubes, or other possible manufacturing defects.
An over molded header is a “Direct Feed” header, meaning that your pool water faces no restrictions and flows freely from the header to the absorber. With an “Indirect Feed” header, water passes from the main header through very small holes into a secondary sub-header before being fed into the absorber. Direct Feed headers are far more efficient because the water is permitted to flow freely, with no restrictions that create higher backpressure on your pools pump and filtration system.
SHC solar pool heating absorbers utilize a “tube-on-fin” design, which captures the most heat, and allows for natural lateral expansion and contraction. SHC’s absorber surface also features flexible vertical expansion joints every six inches across the width of the four foot wide collector. SHC produces the only collectors in the world with this unique feature which allows the absorber to flex freely along the width of the collector to even out temperature variances and allow the panel to lay flat without buckling and creating high stress zones.
Our Mounting Hardware
When it comes to the mounting hardware, we thought of everything. We created a mount that is as unobtrusive, yet as secure as possible. Our mounts cause no irritation to the roof. They are built to last without deterioration from the elements. They provide sealed protection of the roof penetration points. In short, they are perfect.
We created the Universal Anchor Mount as the first step in achieving this goal. The universal mount features a special 2-piece design. The bottom anchors into the roof trusses and cradles the collector header, holding it slightly off the roof surface and allowing for lateral expansion and contraction of the collector as it heats and cools throughout the day. The second top piece locks securely into the base piece.
Should you ever need to remove your collector, your authorized SHC dealer just removes the top of the universal mount to gain access to the collector.
An added mounting system is the Strap Anchor – a series of 3 to 4 steel reinforced straps that run the length of the solar array with an anchor between each collector.
SHC’s anchors also utilize two-piece construction for added protection. Again, the bottom piece is secured into the roof, the strap lays across it and fits into a special lock-tight groove, then the cap screws onto the base securing the strap and protecting the anchor from the elements.
We use an automatic controller on our solar pool heating systems rather than a manual controller. What is the difference? The controller works very similarly to the thermostat you have for your home’s climate control. Would you rather set the thermostat for your favorite temperature and forget it, or have to get up and down to turn the thermostat off and on every time the room felt too hot or cold?
With an automatic controller, you set the pool temperature one time, and forget it.