Heliocol has been a leader in the residential and commercial pool heating industry since its production of the world's most advanced pool heating panel in 1977.
Along with the millions who have found new enjoyment from their pools, millions of dollars are saved each year by both residential and commercial Heliocol systems installed throughout the world. The key to this success is not only the product, but also the people behind the Heliocol system.
Heliocol has a proven track record of durability and of design excellence through innovation and customer support. So confident are we in our product that we offer a full 12 year parts and label panel warranty, the best in the industry. Don't settle for anything less than the very best.
Heliocol is the ONLY solar panel in the industry that does not require multiple 'hurricane straps' across the panel to hold the panel to the roof to meet the 2003 FLORIDA WIND LOADING CODE. All of Heliocol's mounting hardware is at the top and bottom of the solar panel ONLY and the mounting hardware is easily attachable to a truss or rafter.
A Heliocol solar system requires on average, 50%-60% fewer penetrations in your roof to attach the solar system...and it still withstands the highest winds in the industry! Heliocol is the most requested solar panel by insurance carriers for replacement of solar panels affected by high winds. In addition, Heliocol offers a flush, more aesthetically pleasing appearance. There are no unsightly gaps between the solar panels! See the picture below
Using your existing pool pump, pool water is directed through a series of valves to your solar collectors.
Pool water enters the solar collectors at the bottom and rises to the top through the individual tubes of the collector.
As the water rises through the collector it is heated by the sun's radiant energy.
The swimming pool water is then returned to your pool to repeat the cycle until your pool is warm.
Heliocol's one-of-a-kind individual tube design is one of the most significant reasons why Heliocol is the finest solar pool heating system on Earth. All other panels use a webbed tube design, meaning the tubes are connected together in a solid plate.
Individual tubes are better for several reasons:
Individual Tubes Create More Heat than Other Panels
Round tubes are the most efficient means of absorbing the sun's energy. Heliocol's patented individual tube design allows for maximum absorption of the sun's heat all day long unlike other panels, which are most efficient only at solar noon.
Individual Tubes Protect Your Roof and Prevent Roof Rot
Unlike webbed collectors, which trap debris and moisture, Heliocol panels allow your roof to breathe. Heliocol's individual tube design allows for proper evaporation of rain and even cools your home, reducing air conditioning bills in the summer time.
Individual Tubes Do Not Create Lift
Other solar panels use webbing between their tubes; this creates lift. To prevent their panels from flying away, our competitors must use straps to hold their panels in place. Straps mean more holes in your roof and greater potential for leaks. Heliocol solar panels create no lift and require no straps!
Plastic Panel Clamp:
Other manufacturers use rubber hoses and metal clamps to connect their panels together. The people of Heliocol have created the world's only patented panel connector, the Plastic Panel Clamp. Rubber hoses require maintenance every six months and are prone to leaks. Metal clamps rust and stain the roof. Heliocol's Plastic Panel Clamps never need maintenance, never rust and are guaranteed to never leak!
Every solar industry professional knows tubing connection is of crucial importance to prevent leakage over time. Heliocol's patented over-molded header insures the strongest possible connection between tubing because the header is actually formed around the tubes. This process actually joins the tubes and header together as one solid piece. Other panels use smoldered connections or sub-plenum's requiring that small holes be drilled in the header. This less sophisticated method restricts flow and causes the pool pump to work harder. The Heliocol panel creates virtually no back pressure because every tube has its own opening in the header. Some systems require tube to header connections on-site and are prone to frequent leaking. However, every Heliocol panel is pressure tested before it leaves the factory to ensure it is perfect. This is why Heliocol is the only product of its kind to meet "zero-defect" ISO 9002 specifications and standards.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Heliocol heat my pool?
The Heliocol system uses the sun's energy to heat your pool. The sun's heat is transferred into your pool by circulating pool water through the patented Heliocol solar panel. In most cases, the pool's existing pump is used to circulate the pool water through the Heliocol panels. The water is continually circulated through the solar panels until the pool has attained the desired temperature.
How does Heliocol save me money?
Owning a Heliocol system means drastically reducing or even eliminating expensive pool heating utility bills. Year after year, the savings continue while you extend your swimming season. Heliocol solar pool heating is the most economical way to heat your pool. Zero operating costs, virtually no maintenance and the longest and most comprehensive warranty ensures the savings will continue for decades to come.
When can I use my Heliocol system?
Heliocol solar heating systems are designed to heat your swimming pool using free heat from the sun. The Heliocol system should be in operation during the daytime when solar radiation can be absorbed. A Heliocol system equipped with an automatic controller turns on and off effortlessly whenever there is sufficient solar energy.
In some regions, the use of a Heliocol solar heating system can lengthen your swim season to 12 months, while in other regions, Heliocol can drastically extend your swim season. Regardless of geographic region, you will enjoy months of additional fun in the pool without the added expenses associated with other fossil fuel heaters.
Is there any maintenance involved with Heliocol solar heating systems?
A properly installed Heliocol solar heating system should require very little, or no, maintenance. Check your Heliocol solar heating system for proper operation at the beginning of each swimming season, particularly if it has an automatic controller.
Does Heliocol work in all climates?
Heliocol systems are currently heating pools in all weather conditions around the world. Heliocol systems provide year-round pool heating in warm climates and extend the swimming season in colder climates. The patented individual tube design and mounting hardware can sustain 180 mph winds and are guaranteed with the most comprehensive warranty of any heater available.
Does Heliocol work when it is cloudy outside?
As long as it is daytime, the Heliocol system absorbs solar radiation. Any solar radiation absorbed by the Heliocol system is then transferred into the pool water. Therefore, even in cloudy conditions, the Heliocol system will heat your pool. It is important to note that increasing the number of solar panels in your system will help absorb more heat. As with any heater, using a pool blanket is advisable, as it will reduce heat loss.
Does my pool pump need to be on?
Yes, the Heliocol system works by circulating water through the solar panels using your existing pool pump. Therefore, your pump must be in operation for sufficient water to flow through the solar panels.
Can Heliocol be used with my existing pool heater?
Some of our Heliocol customers choose to use their Heliocol solar heating system in conjunction with an existing pool heater. The Heliocol solar heating system is designed to serve as the primary heat source for your pool water, while your existing pool heater serves as an auxiliary, or backup, heater. By using a Heliocol solar heating system as your primary heat source, you can lengthen the life of your existing pool heater while minimizing the utility bills associated with heating your pool.
What happens if the pool water is too warm?
An automatic controller allows you to set your desired pool temperature. When the desired temperature is reached, your Heliocol system will automatically turn off to maintain the desired temperature.
Where is the Heliocol solar pool heating system installed?
Heliocol solar collectors can be mounted on roofs or any area near the pool that provides the proper exposure, orientation and tilt toward the sun. Ideally, Heliocol solar collectors should face south. However, an orientation up to 45 degrees east or west of due south will not significantly decrease performance as long as shading is avoided. Heliocol systems can also be installed on the ground or on racks.
Will a roof-mounted system harm my roof?
Heliocol's individual tube design eliminates competitorsí cumbersome and unattractive straps, which can damage roof surfaces. Instead, Heliocol's solar collectors are affixed with the patented Alligator Clamp, which minimizes or eliminates roof penetrations.
How big of a collector do I need?
The area needed for Heliocol solar collectors to heat your pool depends on many factors. Depending on the pool's geographic location, roof orientation, pool configuration and your heating requirements, the surface area of a Heliocol solar heating system can range from 50% to 120% of the pool's surface area.
How is Heliocol different from a solar pool blanket?
The greatest loss of heat from a pool occurs from its surface due to evaporation. By reducing this evaporation loss, solar pool covers or blankets are very effective in lengthening the swimming season. However, it is important to note that there is a key difference between Heliocol solar heating systems and solar pool blankets. A Heliocol heating system adds heat to your pool while a pool blanket helps to maintain the heat that already exists in the pool water. When used together, your pool water can be heated and maintained at your desired temperatures most efficiently.
What does the Heliocol warranty cover?
Heliocol is the only solar collector manufacturer that grants a full 12 Year Parts and Labor Warranty (10 years outside the USA) on all of its manufacturer components. Heliocol guarantees that all Heliocol solar collectors and components will be free from defect in materials and workmanship in the manufacturing process under normal use and service. During that time, should a Heliocol solar collector or component exhibit a manufacturing defect, Heliocol will repair or replace the part without charge for parts or labor to the customer. Heliocol solar collectors are also warranted against internal freezing, so long as they have been installed according to Heliocol's installation guide.