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My Review of the "Solar Arc" Solar Pool Heater

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We've been enjoying our Solar Arc pool heater for more than two summers now!

Last year we purchased an above-ground pool. Our teenagers are really enjoying the pool, especially my 12-year-old son. The problem is that I find the above-ground pool to be too cold most of the time. We made a decision this summer to buy a solar heater. Why?

I just invested in an above-ground pool, so I am not looking for a big expense. Also, I do not want the expense of a propane pool heater. Most importantly, I always try, when I can, to do the environmentally-friendly thing. I hope that you find this page helpful in making your decision to buy a solar pool heater.

Ordering My Solar Arc Solar Pool Heater

We decided to sit down and buy one. What I found was that most of them take up a lot of space and just seemed unattractive to me. When I came across the Solar Arc, I really appreciated the design. My husband appreciated the assembly instructions. We both appreciated that the Solar Arc is made in the USA.

Two Days Later, It Arrives!

It took my husband about an hour to hook it up. Everything we needed was included in the package. You will see on the left side is a white tube. We added that because we wanted to choose a prime location for it. All in all, the Solar Arc gets a thumbs up on installation. It works the same as other solar pool heaters, but it comes in a sleek package and has a sun magnifying enclosure.

Using Our New Pool Heater

The Solar Arc has been heating our pool for a week now, and already it is much warmer. We finally had three sunny days in a row, and the water temperature has gone from 68°F to 80°F. I was happy after installing our Solar Arc pool heater, but now I am thrilled! I am so happy to be heating our pool for free this summer! I can not wait to jump in.

Update: It Actually Gets Better

We have been using our Solar Arc for two summers now, and I'm looking forward to our third as we speak. We have had no problems at all with this heater. It works exactly as it did when we brought it home. I still find, on average, that it will keep the pool at about 10 degrees warmer then normal. My husband built this really awesome waterfall feature incorporating the Solar Arc into his design. When we have kids visit, they think it is the coolest thing. We enjoy it quite a bit ourselves. Check out the video I made about our Solar Arc, featuring our awesome waterfall.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Suzanne on August 29, 2018:

I need to replace my large UGLY solar heater next year (10x20' long). I am interested in this model. What size pool do you have. I have a 24' round and wanted to figure out if I need one or two units.

Cindy on March 04, 2018:

I have a solar blanket. This arc sounds great. Ty for Sharing!!! I Will Defintely Get One of These.

ria (author) on April 09, 2015:

I only use the solar arc. I have found that my pool is about 10 degrees warmer than usual. Which is still pretty cool in the northeast, so a solar cover would not hurt.

jv on April 08, 2015:

So do u need a solar cover to keep the water warmer too or just this solar heater?

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Solardude1 on April 29, 2014:

And the ARC unit is made in the USA - not like the Game heater which doesn't work and is made in China.

LadyDuck on May 21, 2013:

Solar units are great to heat the pool, echologic and with low maintenance costs.

InfoCoop on March 16, 2013:

We've wanted to add a solar heater to our pool for awhile but all the designs I've seen were ugly and bulky. Thanks for presenting this option. It would be nice to extend our pool season a bit.

alicialoyd on October 04, 2012:

This is definitely worth an investment.

anonymous on September 08, 2012:

What a great invention. Really! :)

poutine on September 08, 2012:

I wish we had one of these when we had a huge pool.

MarcStorm LM on July 20, 2012:

Very Cool or should I say warm lol Everything's gonna be solar I guess. What a perfect invention. No more ridiculous electric bill. Great article!

Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on July 18, 2012:

Sounds like a great investment.

daedrea lm on June 24, 2012:

Hmm...I actually never heard of pool heaters before. If I had a pool, this would be a great product to invest in.

anonymous on June 20, 2012:

What kind of a pump do you have? We have 1 1/2 Hayward and found that it can be too much for some solar heaters.

Little Linda Pinda from Florida on June 12, 2012:

That solar water heater sounds like it is worked really well for you.

samsipet on June 08, 2012:

Great info. It is so green, yet economical to do it this way!

WriterJanis2 on June 01, 2012:

This sounds like a great way to heat a pool.

KittySmith on May 30, 2012:

Every two years my husband buys a new above ground pool, the new one is on its way. He has tried making his own pool heater, which worked, but could not provide enough warm water. I will be showing this to him.

JoshK47 on May 24, 2012:

Great way to heat a pool - thanks for sharing!

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