Enersol solar pool heaters are not remarkably different than other products on the market. Like other products, they use a “solar panel” of tubing that utilizes the existing pool pump to pump cold water into the device and warmer water back into the pool.
Enersol’s claim, however, is that they are different from their competitors because of their Solarprene synthetic rubber they use in the manufacturing of their product. To prove that they expect their product to last you at least twenty years, they back their product with an 18-year warranty. Without a doubt, this is the longest warranty offered by any company in the solar pool heater industry.
Slip and Clip Modular Design
Understanding that different pool sizes will require a different number of panels, Enersol has designed a “slip and clip” modular design that allows for easy custom sizing. They also claim that the slip and clip method reduces any damage that might be incurred from attaching the panels to the roof, and, compared to other systems, resists wind lift. The slip and clip design allows users to lay the panels out around roof features, such as vents and fans.
Sizing an Enersol System
One Enersol panel is either 4′ x 8′ or 4′ x 10′. As an example, a 12′ x 24′ in-ground pool, you can expect to need at least 5 – 7 of the 4′ x 8′ panels, or at least 4 – 6 of the 4′ x 10′ panels. Above-ground pools generally require fewer Enersol kits; a 15′ round pool requires 2 – 4 of the 4′ x 8′ panels or 2 – 3 of the 4′ x 10′ panels. From the sizing guide on their website, it appears that in most cases the 4′ x 8′ panels are more cost-effective for smaller pools.
The Bottom Line
A Canadian company that’s been around for more than thirty years, Enersol is a good company that designs solid solar pool heaters. There is nothing remarkably special about their design, so you can expect about the same performance from an Enersol system as from other solar pool heaters.
The slip and clip method, however, definitely does make it easier to install your solar panels on your roof, deck, or lawn. Additionally, the 18 year warranty is definitely a cause for confidence, given that most other companies will only offer a 5 – 10 year warranty.
Overall, Enersol solar pool heaters provide good value and will definitely save thousands of dollars in the long run compared to a heat pump or gas-powered pool heater.