The main thing with a solar roof-heater is that it has an area about the same as the surface area of the pool…and faces the sun. Please see the other FAQs in the pool heater section for more information.

The best arrangement for solar heaters, is to have them independent of the filtration circuit with their own suction and return-to-pool plumbing. If they use water from the filtration circuit, then they are ‘in-line,’ and require special management to ensure that the pool filter provides sufficient water flow when the solar heater is running.

Conventional pool filters with in-line heaters often incur unnecessary, additional electricity charges because the filter usually runs at full speed all the time, in case the heater controller ‘decides’ to turn ‘on’. Pooled Energy’s IPC on the other hand, adjusts the speed of the pump as required and synchronises the operation of the filter and the solar heater.

The IPC will run your filter at an efficient filtration speed when the heater is off, and speed up to an efficient heating speed whenever the heater turns on and requires higher flow. This optimises overall energy use and improves filtration.

We do need to ensure that any proposed system can be integrated with Pooled Energy System. Please email us on or call us to discuss on 1300 364 703. You may also be able to reduce the cost of your solar heater addition by integrating the control system with our Intelligent Pool Controller.