One of the biggest costs of owning your own pool is the monthly energy bill. Heating the water in your pool can get very expensive, but a DIY solar pool heater can eliminate that expense altogether. A DIY pool heater will keep the water at the temperature you want without adding any additional cost to your monthly energy bill. And when you build your own swimming pool heater, the cost is minimal. Look through these 23 DIY solar pool heaters and see if one is right for your in-ground or above-ground pool.
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1- Above Ground Pool Heater
The price of an above ground pool makes it affordable for most every homeowner. The wide array of sizes also make them adaptable to most backyards. However, unless the above ground pools sits in direct sun all day the water can be remain a little on the chilly side.
That is an easy fix with this DIY solar pool heater that is designed with above ground pools in mind. A coiled black hose and half a sheet of plywood is the bulk of the items you will need to construct this DIY project. One of these easy to build solar heaters is all you will need for a small pool.
2- DIY Solar Pool Panels
When you’re tired of paying the monthly gas or electric bill for heating your large pool, use this pictorial instruction to build solar panels that will heat your pool for free.
3- Easy DIY Solar Pool Heater
Use these free instructions to build floating swimming pool heaters in less than one hour. Easy to make, easy to use, and very inexpensive.
PVC pipe, pool noodles, black plastic garbage bags and duct tape can be transformed into an effective heater that will warm pool water to a comfortable temperature. Create as many or as few as you need for the size of swimming pool you have, Can be used for in-ground or above ground pools.
Toss them into the pool to float on top of the water and collect heat from the sun. That collected heat on top will transfer to the water below and effectively raise water temperature.
Remove the floating DIY solar panels or leave them in while you swim.
4- Cheap Pool Water Heater
Here’s an idea that will keep your money in your pocket while heating your pool water. For under $100 you can create this easy pool water heater using black hose. You’ll be saving that much in the first few weeks after you build this cheap heater.
5- Black Hoses in the Sun
Everyone knows how hot a black hose gets when exposed to direct sunlight. This plan takes that knowledge, harvests the energy and uses it to create one of the best DIY pool heaters around. Use more black hose for larger pools, less for smaller pools.
6- Recycled Sliding Glass Doors
Use these step-by-step instructions to build a homemade pool heater from recycled sliding glass doors, perfect for an above ground pool. You’re only 12 easy steps away from a warm swim anytime of year.
7- Hula-Hoop Heater
Here’s an ingenious idea for solar pool heating that uses hula-hoops and no electricity. Take a few hula-hoops, attach polyethylene film and then toss them into the pool to catch sun rays and heat the water. These hula-hoop heaters look like lily pads floating on top of the water. Easy to remove when needed.
8- One Hour Heater
If you want to get bust enjoying your pool and slash pool heater costs, here’s the perfect idea for you. Create this simple pool heater in one hour with a black hose and piece of plywood. Easy to follow instructions will get you finished building and in warm water in less than a day.
9- Decorative Pool Heater
Here’s a plan for a pool water heater that ends up looking like part of the landscaping. Easy DIY project that looks as good as it works. Coiled black hoses laid on top of decorative gravel surrounding the pools adds an instant decorative element that softens the look of the gravel.
10- PEX Tubing and Aluminum Fins
Detailed instructions will enable you to build this very efficient DIY pool heater with inexpensive materials. PEX tubing and aluminum fins are used to create a diy solar panel that will heat an in-ground or above ground pool.
11- Video Instructions
Simple to follow video makes building your own solar pool heater and diverter easy enough for the novice do-it-yourselfer to undertake. Use the heated water for more than just a comfortable dip in the pool by adding a diverter and funnel the warm water elsewhere.
12- Out Of Sight Pool Heater
If you prefer your solar pool heater to be out of sight, build it on top of a nearby tool shed with these detailed instructions. Perfect for a small above ground pool, this solar heating system will keep the pool water warm and not take up any valuable landscape space.
13- Corrugated Metal Roofing Pool Heater
A couple of sheets of leftover corrugated metal roofing can be transformed into an efficient solar powered pool heater.
A small solar panel powers a pump that pumps water out of the pool and onto the metal corrugated roofing, The hot metal heats the water as it trickles down through the valleys of the metal. The heated water is returned to pool through a channel located at the lower end of the metal roofing. Easy and inexpensive to build.
14- Black Hose Solar Pool Heater
Black hose gets hot in the sun and can easily heat pool water to a comfortable temperature. Follow these detailed instructions that also contain step by step pictorial instructions, to build your own homemade solar pool heater.
15- Coiled Hose Solar Pool Heater
Solar swimming pool heaters are almost as easy to create as coiling a hose. Most people know how hot water left in a black hose can get when it has laid in the sun for a few hours. Multiply that by several hundred feet of coiled black hose that constantly has water going through in and back into the swimming pool.
The circulating water gets hotter as the sun gets higher in the sky when the DIY solar pool heater coils are placed on a west facing slope in your landscape.
These free detailed plans will show you how to created coiled solar heaters that will heat your pool, no matter what size it is.
16- Roof Pool Heater
Use a nearby roof to hold the homemade solar pool heater. A roof is an ideal place to place all the components to get them up and out of the way, while keeping the panel exposed to direct sunlight for most of the day.
A cabana, pool house, green house, garage or any other structure that is close enough to the pool can hold most of the DIY solar pool heater components on the roof. The circulating hoses is all that will need to come down the building sides and into the pool.
Easy to construct with these detailed instructions, and it’s an efficient and space saving way to heat pool water.
17- PVC Pipe Pool Heater
PVC pipe is so easy to work with, water tight, durable and it’s affordable, making it the ideal material to use for construction of a DIY solar pool heater.
This simple design is easy to create and heats water very efficiently. This design can be customized to heat a hot tub, above ground pool or in-ground pool.
Download these easy to follow instructions and get started build your own PVC pipe pool heater this weekend.
18- Corrugated Sheet Plastic Solar Pool Heater
This material is durable, cost effective, readily available and makes an ideal collector for heat so the temperature of pool water can be raised to a comfortable level.
Heat pool water without raising your energy bill by using corrugated sheet plastic to create a homemade solar pool heater. The channels running lengthwise in the corrugated plastic make the perfect channels for water to run across and become warm before returning into the pool.
Step by step instructions show you how to successfully create this DIY solar pool heater so you can start warming pool water this weekend.
19- Solar Heater Pool Cover
A solar cover for your pool not only warms up the water, but it will also give you an extra two months of pool time each year. The cover heats the water up earlier in the spring so you and your family can enjoy swimming in spring and it will keep the water warmer longer in fall so you can get in one last month of swimming before winter sets in.
No electric usage for this pool cover, and it’s efficient at heating the pool plus keeping debris out of the water. The heater turns on automatically when the sun comes out in the morning and shuts itself off when the sun sets at night. Easy to construct, easy to use.
20- Above Ground Solar Pool Heater
A hose and a circulation pump is about all that’s needed for this DIY project. Bring the temperature of your above ground pool warm several degrees by placing several feet of black hose on a nearby rooftop of sunny hillside and connecting it to a circulation pump in the pool. The water will circulate through the black garden hose to be heated, then returned to the pool. Easy to follow instructions will walk you through the process so you can get this DIY solar pool heater put together and start heating your pool water tomorrow.
21- Black Tubing Pool Heater
Easy to create and use, this DIY solar pool heater will extend the amount of time you can use the pool each year. This solar heater will also work great for an outdoor hot tub or above ground pool.
Easy to place on a nearby rooftop or other out of the way location, so the appearance is not an issue. Exposed black tubing attached to a square of plywood will soak up the sun and heat water as it passes through it.
This simple design is highly efficient and is affordable to construct. This design can be expanded and used to heat water inside the home so the need for a water heater that uses energy can be eliminated.
22- Solar Heater With Diverter
This instructional video will show you how to get the most from your time and money by creating something that does more than one job.
This DIY solar pool heater not only heats the water in the pool, but also helps to heat the home and provide electrical energy for the home.
Use these instructions to learn how to build a solar heater for your pool that has a diverter so the harnessed energy of the sun can be used for different things.
The builder of this model uses the solar power to heat pool water, heat the home through a wood burning stove and for solar energy.
It’s not as complicated as it might sound, it all starts with the basic black hoses coiled and attached to plywood. A simple DIY project that is made easy with these free video instructions.
23- Effective Solar Pool Heater
Heat your in-ground pool with this effective DIY solar pool heater that is easy to build. Less than $300 and just a couple hours of work and you will start raising the water temperature in your pool this afternoon.
The build can done cheaper, but this builder wanted to use eco-friendly black garden hose and those are a little on the pricey side. Use less expensive black hose or tubing and save money while heating your pool water to a relaxing and comfortable temperature.
Two 4 feet by 4 feet homemade solar panels is efficient enough to effectively heat a normal sized in-ground pool. One panel can heat a small pool and three can heat a large pool.
Follow these detailed instruction to build as many DIY solar panels as needed to heat your pool water.