How many panels are needed to heat my pool?

Refer to the chart below to help determine how many panels are required for your pool. Other factors are also considered in determining optimal panel requirements such as pool depth, wind shelter (or lack thereof), and panel location with reference to the noon-day sun. We install the panels allowing room for future expansion if necessary.

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Where can I purchase solar panels & parts?

TerranovaSolar provides 100% Canadian made panels and all necessary installation materials required for a complete system. You also have the option to purchase individual components yourself from local pool retailers or online. Either way, TerranovaSolar is happy to install your selected products.

What other parts do I need to get the solar panels installed?

An Auto Controller (recommended) is needed to automatically determine whether to send the water to the solar panels or divert it directly back to the pool. The controller reads the solar panel temperature, the pool water temperature and the controller’s set temperature point continually during pool operation. A check valve is also required and placed in the return water lead to prevent diverted water from backing up to the panels during “no sun” spells.

The solar panels use regular 1-1/2 PVC plastic pipe to plumb the system. All pipe and fittings are standard PVC, obtainable at any hardware plumbing store. We encourage you to purchase these parts through us as we can get you the best cost with our dealers.

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When is the best time to get the solar panels installed?

The best time to get your solar panels installed is in early Spring. As the season gets busier it is difficult to schedule installs to suit the customer’s timeframe. We install during all three seasons and we cover all of South Central Ontario.

How does the cost compare to alternative heating methods?

Once the system is installed the running costs need to be considered. The following chart summarizes the installation cost for gas, solar and ground source heat pump systems. Notice that the sun costs nothing to run!

How does the cost compare to alternative heating methods?

Once the system is installed the running costs need to be considered. The following chart summarizes the installation cost for gas, solar and ground source heat pump systems. Notice that the sun costs nothing to run!

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What do the suggested solar panels look like?

The panels are made of high quality grade EPDM rubber that is UV, chemical and weather resistant. The modular design means that the panels are
pre-assembled and ready for installation on the roof. The headers (manifolds) that supply the water to the panels are made of high density polymer
(LURAN) that is also UV, chemical and weather resistant.

How long does installation take?

Installation for a complete pool heating system is commonly finished in 5 – 7 hours and the solar panels start working on heating your pool by the time we leave.

How does solar pool heating system work?

The pool’s pump motor is used to drive the water from your pool up to the solar panels on the roof. The solar panels heat the pool water and return it back to the pool. The system uses an Auto Controller so that the solar panels only heat water when they are hot enough to do so. The Auto Controller (recommended) allows the owner to set the desired pool temperature, and turn the panels off when no heat is available.

You can expect a 2 – 3 degrees Fahrenheit increase in your pool’s temperature on a day to day basis. During the early Spring and the late Fall it might be necessary to use a pool blanket to prevent heat loss, however during the summer months this may not be necessary. Our system will easily raise and maintain pool temperatures between 80 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit. With higher temperatures your pool’s water chemistry may have to be closely monitored to prevent imbalance.

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What about the warranty?

We supply warranty with all our products. We warranty the panels and manifolds for 25 years. The warranty is pro-rated with 100% coverage in the first 5 years, 50% in years 6 through 15 and then 25% for the remainder. Other items such as controllers are covered under their own manufacturer’s warranty terms. TerranovaSolar will arrange any warranty service needed for those items as part of our customer service. Please contact us for more details.

How can I get a referral of your company?

For referrals we invite you to contact past installation clients electronically. Email addresses can be obtained upon request.