What you need to know before the installation


Considerations for your
Enersol Solar Pool Heater installation



Whether you want to do it yourself or need professional help, here is what you need to know before installing your new Enersol solar pool heating system. The Enersol Pool Heaters were designed for an easy installation.  


1. DETERMINE LOCATION AND POSITION


South facing is best!

When considering to install a solar pool heating system it is important to determine the best location. The efficiency of the solar system depends on how much of the sun’s energy can be collected during the day. South facing roof/racks are the best options in the northern hemisphere followed by west or east. North facing roof/racks are not recommended.

Tilt at 45 degrees or less!

We designed our Enersol Pool Heaters to be installed at 45 degrees or less. This allows strapping the panels to the roof/rack correctly and it optimizes its performance.

We don’t recommend  to install the Enersol Pool Heaters  at 90 degrees or on a wall because the strapping is not design for the overall weight of the system. Performance will also decrease significantly.


2. DETERMINE PANELS REQUIRED


50 to 75% of pool surface area

In most cases, you require a solar area approximately 50 to 75% of the pool surface area. However, you can only install what your roof/rack allows you to or the budget you set for the solar system. If you install only 40%, is still better than having nothing heating your pool. Essentially, adding more panels will provides more heat to your pool and also lengthens the swimming season.

Use our Sizing Calculator to help you determine the number of boxes of Enersol Pool Heaters needed for your installation.


3. MEASURE ROOF/RACK AREA AVAILABLE


Maximize your roof/rack area!

The Enersol Pool Heaters must be positioned vertically from eave to peak with at least 6 inches to 12 inches space around the panels for plumbing.

When the panels are installed, they measure 12.5 inches from clip to clip approximately. This measurement is important to maximize your roof/rack area.

For example: if your roof measures 26 feet wide and 10 feet. high (as shown on the image), you can only fit 24 Enersol Pool Heaters. The maximum panels’ length you can use in this case is 9 feet.


      LENGTH                                              PANELS PER BANK             


Install up to 36 panels per bank.

If more panels are to be installed, split them into equal sections.

Install up to 32 panels per array.

If more panels are to be installed, split them into equal sections.

Install up to 28 panels per array.

If more panels are to be installed, split them into equal sections.


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4. — ONE vs. MULTIPLE BANKS OF PANELS


Pressure matters!

Some systems may need to be split over two or more banks of panels. When splitting a system, you must balance it into equal sections in each bank. Use the table on the left as a reference.

For example: if you are installing 44 Enersol Pool Heaters (8 feet. in length), it’s better to install two banks of 22 panels each bank instead of one bank of 44 panels.


5. — VERIFY POOL PUMP


Flow matters!

Verify that pool pump is sized accordingly and that your current water flow does not exceed what the Enersol Pool Heaters are designed for, depending on its length.

Remember: If the water flows too fast through the panels, there won’t be sufficient time to be heated up by the sun.

For example: 1 Enersol Pool Heaters 1 ft. x 10 ft. required 1 gallon per minute. If you system has 24 panels, you only need to supply 24 gallons per minute to the panels for optimum performance.


         PIPE                                VELOCITY (8 FEET PER SECOND)           


Up to 50 gpm

If your new system requires more than 50 gallons per minute, you will need to use a bigger piping size.

Up to 85 gpm

If your new system requires more than 85 gallons per minute, you will need to use a bigger piping size.

Up to 120 gpm

If your new system requires more than 120 gallons per minute, you will need to use a bigger piping size.

Up to 187 gpm

If your new system requires more than 187 gallons per minute, you will need to use a bigger piping size.


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6. — PLAN FOR PVC PLUMBING


Velocity matters!

Plan for the plumbing and fittings required. PVC is the  recommended material. ABS is not recommended as it is not designed for pressure nor heat.

Ensure not to exceed maximum velocities allowed on pipes when selecting pipes diameters as per table on the left.

For an aesthetically pleasing installation, we recommend Black PVC Pipe & Fittings. Black PVC pipes and fittings will blend nicely with the solar pool heating system and they don’t fade in the sun over time as painted pipes do.

 


7. — USE PROPER PIPING CONFIGURATION


Proper distribution!

Feeding the panels from the bottom has the advantage of using gravity to create back pressure to distribute the water evenly throughout the panels.

It is important to install the inlet and outlet at opposites ends (diagonally opposed corners). This ensure proper distribution of flow through the collectors.


ROOF                                      RACK                                GROUND


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8. — MOUNTING OPTIONS


Multiple alternatives!

The Enersol Pool Heaters are so versatile, you can install them anywhere the sun shines. Here are some options:

 On the roof (home, pool change room)

 On a rack

 On the ground


9. — PARTS TO COMPLETE THE INSTALLATION


Don’t miss important parts!

In addition to the Enersol Pool Heaters, you will also require the following components for a full installation:

 1 Enersol System Installation Kit per system*.

 1 Check Valve

 2 Ball Valves

 Control options:

1 Three-Way Valve

Or

1 Solar Controller System

 1-1/2″ PVC Piping and Fittings to connect from/to the roof/rack

 

*Additional 2 Adapters and 2 Plugs are required per bank when splitting the system into two or more banks of panels.