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Pool Heating Systems

VORTEX Solar Pool Heaters

Frequently Asked Questions

I know the size, what is the cost?

System cost start from $552 and up depending on the size. Once you know the size, refer to our shopping cart to determine the system cost.

Can I Install it Myself?

Solar Heaters can be installed easily by most anyone. It requires only simple hand tools and a drill. The typical installation takes from 1 to 2 days. Download the VORTEX Manual on the right for more information.

Energy Rating and Efficiency

Solar panels are rated by FSEC (Florida Solar Energy Center) in BTU's per Sq. Ft. The higher the BTU, the more heat output. The average output is 900 to 1000 BTU's. This equates to a 3 to 7% difference between different brands. To determine the best value, divide the total cost by the total Sq. Ft. of panel. The lower the cost per Sq. Ft., the better the value.

Longevity and Maintenance

A quality Solar Heater will typically last 10 to 20 years. They are very low maintenance. Most systems have a 10 year warranty on the panels.

Brand Comparison

Solar Pool Collectors are so similar in performance and function that the BTU rating should not be used to compare one product to another. If you have the same size and number of collector panels on any given pool, they will perform almost identically, relative to heating the pool. Collectors should only be compared to each other on the basis of:

1. Weight or material content / Our collector panels are 25-40% heavier than the industry average. This makes them more durable and gives them the greatest life expectancy.

2. Method of connection between headers or manifolds and the water flow section or absorber board. The two best methods are sonic welding and the unique patented process used in our panel. Other less effective methods include thermal welding and injection molding.

3. Replacement versus repair type warranty. Most warranties call for the repair or replacement of a defective collector panel at the option of the dealer or manufacturer. Solar Direct replaces all defective panels and will make no attempt at repair for a full 10 years. Repair warranties can be for longer time periods such as 12-15 years, but replacement is always the best option.

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