Adding solar panels to your pool is a great way to extend your family's swimming season without the large energy bills associated with electric and gas heaters. Here are three key benefits of heating your backyard pool using a solar water heater.
1. Rebates and Tax Credits
In addition to the low operating cost of solar water heaters, homeowners who install this technology are eligible for certain tax benefits. Specifically, the federal tax credit provides a 30% rebate for solar water heaters purchased through 2019, 26% through 2020, and 22% for 2021. Depending on your location, state and local incentives may also be available.
2. Return on Investment
For homeowners in most of the United States, a pool can only be used in the summer. Solar water heaters can effectively extend the swimming season—sometimes for the entire year—for an average cost of just 10 percent of your initial investment in the pool.
3. Durable Equipment
Solar water heaters often last up to 20 years, compared to just five to seven years for a traditional gas heater. And while gas heaters need to be serviced every year, very little maintenance is needed for pool solar panels.
Increase your family fun, develop a water-based exercise routine, and have the cool house in the neighborhood with a pool that's comfortably warm throughout the year.