of which variant of solar heater you have, it is important to note that while
the heating energy from the sun is free, the cost of collecting that energy
from the roof is not. You must run a (large) pump to circulate the water to the
roof to collect the energy. For this, Pooled Energy offers optional Intelligent
Solar Heater Management. While many solar heater controllers can sense the
temperature in the panels on the roof, they often run the pump to take
temperature samples and operate on marginal or rainy days. They don’t ‘know’ about the weather in the more
general sense. The Pooled Energy system
does and is more efficient saving you unnecessary pump running.
Energy uses Weather Bureau and other information via the Internet to provide Intelligent
Solar Heater Management. It manages the
times when your solar heater runs to give you a sensible balance between
heating your pool, and the cost of running the solar and filter pumps. If you have a Time-of-Use meter, you will be
paying peak rates after 1 pm or 2 pm weekdays, depending on where you live.
times for solar heater operation are flexible and are usually set for maximising
shoulder tariff operation for customers with Time-of-Use meters.
If the solar
pump system is connected in series with the filter pump (a common
configuration), the Intelligent Pool Controller synchronises both their
operations for efficient pumping. (See the previous FAQ re how it does this for
the other types of pool heater). It
filters efficiently at low power until required to speed up to provide
additional water to the solar heater booster pump.