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Old 04-06-2013, 04:58 PM
 
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I'm curious where everyone's pool temps are at right now, the size of the pool and if you have solar heating or not (I assume Solar means the black PVC pipes running up to the roof correct?).

I've been wondering how much solar and capacity effect pool temp's across the valley?

Ours:

24,000 gallons
no solar or other form of heating.
receives sunlight from sunrise to about 5:00pm then the house shadows the pool.
4/6/13 @ 4:00pm - current water temp 71 Degrees

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Old 04-06-2013, 05:15 PM
 
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My pool is 15K gal, no heater and solar cover is on (blue bubble one). Pool gets up to 80+ in the day and looses about 5-7 degrees at night. Pools usually get about 10 degrees colder than air temp and looses the heat at night down to the night time low air temps. Solar pool covers are great but it does not help with keeping the pool clean because the skimmer will not work. The cover holds leaves underneath and traps it before it can go into the skimmer basket. Otherwise it is a good investment and a cheap way to heat your pool.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:22 PM
 
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We use the type of cover and have about the same temps. The 80 degrees is just the surface temp. If we turn on the pump, it drops about 4 degrees or so.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:25 PM
 
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My pool is 15K gal, no heater and solar cover is on (blue bubble one). Pool gets up to 80+ in the day and looses about 5-7 degrees at night. Pools usually get about 10 degrees colder than air temp and looses the heat at night down to the night time low air temps. Solar pool covers are great but it does not help with keeping the pool clean because the skimmer will not work. The cover holds leaves underneath and traps it before it can go into the skimmer basket. Otherwise it is a good investment and a cheap way to heat your pool.
I agree, they are cheap and very effective, but they can be a royal pain in the arse, especially if it's large or you remove it semi-regularly.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:53 PM
 
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We moved in three weeks ago so I am just getting used to having a pool. Had one at a summer home in MI. but left the care of it to experts. No idea how many gallons. Small kidney shaped pool. I put a solar cover on it 10 days ago but almost no effect on temperature. Raised it from 68 to 71. The sun hits it in the morning until the evening. Last week was really windy and this brought the temp down a couple of degrees.

I think the temp is staying low because we have several water falls running into the pool which I can shut down but only by shutting down the pump. (Pool guy I just hired is coming out to clue me in on turning this off and how to turn on the pool heater. I can operate the hot tub, however.) If I could get the temp up to 80 I might go swimming. 70 is just too cold unless you are coming right out of the hot tub.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:34 PM
 
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35000 gallons. only solar heating but not used yet this year. current temp 65.. only 20 degrees more before wife will dip her toe in
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:23 PM
 
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35000 gallons. only solar heating but not used yet this year. current temp 65.. only 20 degrees more before wife will dip her toe in
Does Solar refer to the black PVC pipes on the roof or, are there pool heater that run on solar power?
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:45 PM
 
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Does Solar refer to the black PVC pipes on the roof or, are there pool heater that run on solar power?
Solar generally refers to the black tubing on the roof. The only other way to warm the water (besides the blue solar covers) is to use a conventional pool heater, which uses natural gas.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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Does Solar refer to the black PVC pipes on the roof or, are there pool heater that run on solar power?
The only other way to heat a pool is using a natural gas heater. I do not think there are any units that run on solar power but there are electric based heaters that may be used but they are not as efficient as natural gas. Using a newer type 400,000 btu gas heater will be the only option for most and it can be expensive if you are using the unit daily.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:18 PM
 
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Thanks everyone interesting info. We do have a Sta-Rite 400,000BTU heater. We use it to heat through the winter but not the pool. I was curious if pool temp's changed much around the valley depending on house location, pool size, solar, etc.
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