Installing Solar Pool Heating System at home? Get Acquainted with Your Area’s Zoning and Building Regulations First

House owners across the USA use pool heaters to extend the swimming season beyond summer months. Pool heating accounts for a substantial energy use at the big residential complexes, as well as single family homes. Solar heating systems, which leverage the sun’s clean energy instead of gas or electricity to keep pool water warm, can reduce household heating costs by up to 80 percent. With no use of fossil fuel and with minimal operation and maintenance (O&M) costs, solar pool heating systems are rising in popularity across the US. Besides single-family homes, many commercial facilities such as hospitals and hotels are taking advantage of these eco-friendly heating systems. However, before installing any solar system in your property, you must complete all the necessary legal formalities to abide by the local zoning and building regulations.

Rules and Regulations:

Homes with south facing roofs can make the most efficient utilization of solar pool heating systems. Fret not if you do not have one. US laws allow you to use an un-shaded ground in the vicinity to install a solar collector. In addition, you will have to comply with the area’s building laws and regulations pertaining to solar system installation. First of all, you will have to obtain a solar heater installation permit. The obtaining cost varies according to location and types of the property. In addition, you will have to investigate the following prior to installation:

· Local building codes

· Zoning ordinances

· Subdivision covenants

· Special regulation if there is any

Remember, most of these compliances come under the preview of local administration. Even if a specific city/ town/ locality adhere to a nation or statewide regulation, enforcement of the regulation is the responsibility of the local authority.

Commonly Encountered Issues:

Relating to Building-Codes: Home owners across the US face certain common issues relating to pool heater installation. These may compel the local authority to stop you from installing the system at your home. Even before you start shopping for suitable solar pool heating systems, make sure to rule out these possibilities. These may include:

· Roof load exceeding permissible level

· Use of a type of heat exchangers (equipment designed to transfer heat from the solar heater to the pool) that are not accepted as per the local standards

· Use of improper wiring

Relating To Zoning: Some home owners face an array of zoning hurdles while installing solar pool heating system at their homes. You can consult a land-use lawyer to learn about your area’s zoning requirements that may impede the installation. A licensed installer can also help you in this regard. To avoid legal hassles, try to steer clear of the following zonal issues:

· The installer causing obstruction to your neighbor’s side yards

· Installing the system too close to your neighbor’s boundaries

· Installing the system in a way that a part sticks out dangerously

· Overlooking the local area regulations

· Ignoring special area regulations stipulated by homeowner’s associations

· Flouting historic district regulations, and the area’s floodplain requirements

An in-depth research about your area’s building and zoning ordinances/ codes can help you stay on the safe side of the law. Zoning and building enforcement divisions under the area’s jurisdiction can come to your aid to learn about relevant local compliances relating to solar pool heating system at your home. You can also visit your local library and consult the relevant documents to find out whether you are located in a floodplain area/historic district, or any other place demarcated by authority as a special category zone or not. For obvious reasons, start your research even before you start shopping for a suitable pool heating system.