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Solar Panels And The Added Pressure on Pool Pumps

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A common belief is that solar panels add pressure to pool pumps, causing damage and premature failure. It simply is not a problem. This is an often-repeated myth perpetuated by pool service companies or dealers that sell traditional heaters (scare tactics). The thought process goes something like this: when using solar panels to heat a pool, you have to lift …

Solar Pool Heating Manual

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By popular demand, we have published a solar pool heating manual for our systems. This manual is supplemental to any manufacturer instructions you may have received. Since all systems are arranged and plumbed differently, it is very difficult to have a one-size-fits-all manual covering all scenarios. However, we believe our manual is general enough to cover most solar pool heating …

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Glazed Solar Pool Heating Collectors in Florida?

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Why don’t we use glazed solar pool heating collectors in Florida? It isn’t a common question, but it’s one that we get occasionally, especially from our northern friends. The idea behind a glazed collector is that the glazing creates a greenhouse effect that increases the temperature of the collector surface. The main problem is that the cost of the collector …

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Solar Panel Inspections with Drones

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After Hurricane Irma, we found that it was very helpful to launch our Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), commonly known as a drone. For homes and businesses where solar panels are not easily seen from the ground, the drone was extremely valuable. Drones allow safe, quick, and effective visual observations on rooftops. While there are some limitations in terms of inspections, …

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Can Solar Contractors Remove Solar Panels as Hurricanes Approach?

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As you might imagine, people start calling solar contractors as storms approach. They are inquiring about how their solar panels will weather the storm or if they can get solar panels as a backup power source. When storms approach, it is generally too late to make these decisions, and new systems require a permitting/engineering/procurement timeframe. There are tens of thousands …

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Home Batteries Don’t Pay

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With all of the recent hype about battery based electric cars and home battery systems coming out from Tesla and other manufacturers, it’s no wonder we get lots of battery backup inquiries. But home batteries don’t pay – at least not in Florida, not now. It reminds me of the hilarious SNL skit about the new Mercedes AA Class – …

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Solar Sales Consultations are Enlightening

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Our clients consistently comment that they learned so much after having us in their home for a sales consultation on solar panels. When we hear that, we know we’ve done our jobs. Sometimes they say that after making a decision that solar isn’t right for them, and that’s okay. Other times, they have shifted gears completely after learning a key …

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Do Solar Pool Heating Panels Melt or Burn

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the  We have heard just about every question about solar pool heating panels. But we never gave much thought to what happens to them in a fire. We just assumed that in a serious house fire or if exposed to flame that the panels would simply melt. We did some research and found that polyethylene, which is in the polyolefin …

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Solar Panels for Swimming Pool in Naples, FL

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These solar panels for a swimming pool in Naples, FL were installed by Florida Solar Design Group recently. This “banked” system was sized for a large pool with lots of water features, needing maximum heating performance. Naples has one of the highest densities of swimming pools in Florida. Despite the southern Florida location, most homeowners find that they need to …

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Don’t Buy a Two-Speed Pool Pump

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I keep asking myself, “am I missing something?” Why are pool builders still building new pools with two-speed pumps? If you are buying a new pool, I can’t say it any other way: Don’t Buy a Two-Speed Pump! The basic idea behind two-speed pumps is good. You can run the pump at a lower speed, saving electricity. Unfortunately, there are …

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Solar Heated Water From Pool Jets Is Not Hot

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Occasionally we get a call from a client that says the solar heated water coming out of their pool jets does not feel very hot. Our response is pretty simple: “Good!” It’s not that we are being dismissive. If you feel a large temperature difference in the heated water coming from the solar panels, that usually means the flow rate …

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How Hot Can Solar Pool Heating Get?

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The number one question we get (by far) is, “how hot can solar pool heating get?” It’s obviously a good question. Mistruths from competing technology dealers can skew perceptions about solar heating performance. How much heat depends on a lot of factors. It is a weather dependent technology (but so are other heaters in different ways). Before we get into how …

Solar Panel Rubber Couplers Leak (myth)

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One of our friendly competitors has been using yet another scare tactic regarding the iSwim solar pool heating system. This time they are saying that between solar panels rubber couplers leak. These are the couplers that join together individual solar panels. Note: the technically correct term is rubber couplings, but many people use couplers and couplings interchangeably. Alternative to Rubber …

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Windy Weather Cools Swimming Pools

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This is the time of year that we start getting lots of calls about cold pools. That’s no surprise since windy weather cools swimming pools! Wind blowing across the surface of a pool is like blowing on a hot bowl of soup. Even though we are experiencing daytime high temperatures in the mid-80’s in Southwest Florida, wind sucks heat out …

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iSwim Header Clamps

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Here we go again. One of our competitors ran out of tactics. They came up with a new ridiculous idea that they have been telling our prospective clients. They are now telling people that the iSwim Header Clamps don’t last and they break easily. It’s a classic scare tactic, and it is totally false. Let’s make something clear. We have never – …

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Charge Tesla With Portable Solar Panel?

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Can I Charge a Tesla With a Portable Solar Panel? No. The a Tesla automobile’s battery has a huge capacity relative to the output of a single solar panel, and the voltage and current type do not match. Charging an EV with Solar Power We recently had a client ask if they could charge a Tesla with a portable solar panel. …