SUNSAVER - FAFCO'S HIGH PERFORMANCE SOLAR POOL HEATING SYSTEM

FAFCO has been designing and manufacturing solar thermal pool heating products in the United States for 50 years. Through advancements in water distribution, flow, and heat transfer, FAFCO’s patented design technology has produced some of the highest rated solar pool heating results in the industry.

Solar thermal technology is a proven water heating method utilizing clean solar energy, greatly reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Adding a FAFCO solar thermal pool heating system will significantly reduce your heating bill in comparison to traditional gas/electric heat pumps.

The FAFCO SunSaver panel is manufactured in Chico, California. The panel is a specially developed parallel, circular channel design manufactured from a highly stabilized polyolefin material.

The World’s Largest Manufacturer of Solar Pool Heating Collectors.

The world’s largest manufacturer of solar pool heating collectors, with over 160,000 systems and more than 1,300,000 solar collectors installed worldwide.

Get the most out of your swimming pool!

FAFCO solar pool heating dramatically extends your swimming season, enabling healthy enjoyment and exercise in luxurious warm water from spring to fall.

First-time pool owners are frequently surprised by how much traditional pool heaters cost to run. Because of this, many choose not to heat the pool at all, limiting its use to only the hottest days of summer. A FAFCO solar pool heating system can cost less to install than a gas heater and it instantly adds value to your home and from then on, your heat is free from the sun.

FAFCO solar pool heaters simply work — and keep on working.

The premium quality, superior technology, and second-to-none performance and reliability of FAFCO solar collectors are backed by a 12-year collector warranty.

Solar is the most economically attractive option for heating your pool and extending your swim season. Compared to systems that run on electricity, fuel oil or propane, FAFCO systems feature:

  • The shortest payback period and highest return on investment.
  • The lowest operational costs due to free solar energy.
  • The longest lifespan, thanks to the components that neither move nor corrode.
  • The lowest maintenance costs—minimal, if any.
  • The cleanest, safest and quietest source of energy.

SunSaver is the high-performance solar pool heating system that can heat your pool far beyond the few warm pool days of summer. Just as important, you won’t have to pay a dime in pool heating bills.

Enjoy free heat from the sun and months more swimming fun with the most reliable name in solar pool heating — FAFCO.

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Patented Water-Flow Metering System

The Sunsaver System

  • Heats your pool to a warm, comfortable temperature with environment-friendly energy, free from the sun.
  • Extends your swim season with luxuriously warm water.
  • Dramatically reduces or eliminates pool heating costs.
  • Adds value to your pool and to your home.
  • Perfect for heating either in-ground or above ground swimming pools.
  • May be either roof mounted or ground mounted.
  • Connects to existing pool equipment and filtration system.

Patented Water-Flow Metering System

  • The most efficient metering system in the industry. A design exclusive to FAFCO solar collectors.
  • Consists of an added “flow chamber” and “flow metering holes” between the header pipe and each individual collector tube.
  • This patented metering system eliminates hot and cold spots in each of the panels, and produces even water distribution throughout the entire system, ensuring maximum heating efficiency and optimum water pressure throughout the entire group of collectors.

Patented Fully-Wetted Surface Design

  • SunSaver solar panels features nearly twice as many tubes per panel as compared to competitors.
  • Additional tubes means more water is heated by the sun, transferring virtually all available energy directly to the pool water.

Larger 2-inch full-flow header pipe

  • Prevents undue strain on your pool pump and increases overall efficiency.

How Many Panels Do I Need?

To find out precisely what size system (how many panels) will adequately heat your pool and provide the results your looks for, see our page on "How to Size Your System". All the factors are discussed and we will help you identify the best system for your pool, climate zone & heating goals.

What Parts Do I Need?

Panel Kit

  • Contains the parts necessary for installing a solar pool panel to a supporting surface and making water connections from one panel to another.
  • (1) panel kit is required for each solar panel.

Row Kit

  • Contains the parts necessary for making water connections from a row of solar pool heating panels to the systems supply and return plumbing lines. Also contains the parts necessary to aid in gravity drainage of the panels and piping.
  • (1) row kit is required for each row of solar panels.

Row Spacer Kit

  • Contains the parts necessary to bypass mounting surface obstructions larger than 6" such as roof vents, skylights and exhaust fans. Allows connection of PVC pipe between the panels to provide proper clearance of the obstruction. Row Spacer Kits are also used to connect collectors into one row that are on different roof levels or that are facing different directions.

Repair Tool Kit

  • In the event a collector is damaged and incurs a pinhole leak, this kit contains everything needed to make a repair to the damaged riser tube.

D.I.Y. SYSTEM KITS

Take the guess work out with one of our DIY system kits. Each kit contains everything you need.

  • Install your chosen number of solar panels in a single row. *If the system is being broken-up into multiple rows, one additional row kit will be required for each added row. Please contact us if you need assistance with multi-bank / custom systems.
  • Mount solar panels to your preferred installation surface; roof or rack.
  • Make water connections to and from each panel.
    • Make water connections to your supply and return plumbing lines.
    • Allow for gravity drainage of the panels and piping when the pump is turned off (water drains back to your pool through the supply plumbing line).

What Parts are Included in the Kit?

The following installation hardware is included in a Fafco DIY kit. The row kit and panel kits are always included while the row spacer kit is sold separately.

Panel Kit

  • Contains the parts necessary for installing a solar pool panel to a supporting surface and making water connections from one panel to another.
  • (1) panel kit is included for each solar panel.

Row Kit

  • Contains the parts necessary for making water connections from a row of solar pool heating panels to the systems supply and return plumbing lines. Also contains the parts necessary to aid in gravity drainage of the panels and piping.
  • (1) row kit is included for each system.

Each Installation Hardware Kit Includes the Following:

Panel Kit

  • (4) Hose Clamp, ST/ST, #40
  • (2) Rubber Coupling, Short, 3 1/2″
  • (5) Dacron Strap, Cut, 65″L
  • (1) Dacron Strap, Cut, 32″L
    (7) Tie Down Cap
  • (7) Tie Down Base

Row Kit

    • (6) Hose Clamp, ST/ST, #40
    • (2) Rubber Coupling, Long, 5″
    • (1) Rubber Coupling, Short, 3 1/2″
    • (1) Dacron Strap, Cut, 32″L
    • (7) Tie Down Cap
    • (7) Tie Down Base
      (1) Vacuum Relief Valve, CPVC
    • (1) Plug, CPVC, Machined
    • (2) Adapter, Female, CPVC
    • (1) Bank Pack Instructions

Which Size System Do I Need?

The most relevant aspect of sizing a system is based on the square footage of your pool. We typically recommend anywhere from 50%-100% solar panel to pool square foot coverage based on a number of different variables including, weather, shade, install direction, wind, climate region, performance expectations, etc. For example, if your pool is 500 square feet, then 50% coverage would be 250 square feet of panels, 75% coverage would be 375 square feet of panels, etc. From there it is selecting a panel size that fits your installation area.

To find out precisely what size system (how many panels) will adequately heat your pool and provide the results your looks for, see our page on "How to Size Your System". All the factors are discussed and we will help you identify the best system for your pool, climate zone & heating goals.