In the 40+ years since the first polymer solar pool heaters were invented, there have been some great products and some not-so-great products. Though the sun has set on most of the not-so-great products, it’s still true that not all solar pool heaters are created equal.
Here are a few reasons why we think we’re better than the rest.
(Sunsaver & Sunsaver ST)
(Heliocol & SunStar)
Made in U.S.A.
ISO 9001:2008 Quality StandardsGlobally-recognized quality management standard.
Commercial Grade NSF-50 ListedMeets strict safety, durability, and toxicity standards
required by most states for commercial pool equipment.
IAPMO Performance CertifiedPerformance-rated and certified by the International Association of
Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) to SRCC Standard 100
TUBE & WEB
Round tubes separated by an adjoining center- or bottom-web and expansion joints.
Design allows for thermal expansion & contraction; extends service life
Web can be “vented” with slots or slits for wind-load and roof moisture relief
Multi-plate, thermally-welded and insert-molded construction
Direct, metered manifold delivers balanced flow through collector and prevents “hot-spots”
- – Solar Industries
- – Ecosun
- – Ultrasun
- – Ultra-Swim
- – Sun-Swim
- – Sun-Swim Plus
- – Sunlite
- – Ecolite
TUBE ON TUBE
Round (or square) tubes connected together without any separating web or space in.
Plagued by warping and buckling, which weakens collector and reduces lifespan
Monolithic design; poor wind-load & moisture relief
Design does not permit thermal expansion & contraction
Indirect, metered flow using secondary manifold/subplenum results in larger pressure drop
- – Sunsaver
- – Revolution
- – Solar Bear
- – Techno-Solis (square tubes)
Rounded tubes are not connected to each other or by adjoining web, but surrounded by dead space.
- Lowest-performing design
- Exposed tubes lose heat faster to ambient air
- Loose tubes trap organic debris under collectors
- Indirect, non-metered manifold causes unbalanced flow
- – Heliocol
- – SunStar
- – Sunsaver ST
Solar Pool Heaters Compared by Performance