Do you need help selecting the right pool pump and filter for your new or existing swimming pool? Max Fox Electrical can help you with our handy size guide and pool filter information.
Use the formula guide below to calculate the volume your pump needs to handle. If the depth of the pool varies, work from the average pool depth.
Rectangular pools - length x width x depth x 1000 = volume in litres
Rectangular In-ground Pools
(1.4m = Average Depth)
Rectangular Above-ground Pools
(1.2m = Average Depth)
For round pools, the formula is: diameter x diameter x depth x 785.5 = volume in litres
Selecting the Right Filter Type
Here are some of the pros and cons of the different types of pool filters on the market.
Still seem confusing? Talk to the Tamworth pool pump and filter experts at Max Fox Electrical and get professional advice personalised to your needs.
Max Fox Electrical are suppliers of pool pumps from Davey and DAB Pumping Equipment, as well as a host of pool chemicals, filters and cleaners.
Drop in and see us today to pick up your pool equipment.
An off-grid solar system is also known as a stand-alone solar system. These systems are suitable for rural areas where there is no power, or where mains power connections are not viable. Once installed, an off-grid solar power system can begin to pay for itself almost straight away.
How a Stand-Alone Solar System Works:
Stand-alone power uses a number of basic components:
- Power Generator - The panels which collect the energy from the sun
- Power Back-up - There may be times when the amount of sun is insufficient to power everything you need. A back-up generator (either petrol or diesel) can be used.
- Control Equipment - To operate a stand alone system requires control equipment, such as inverters to convert the power from DC to AC, regulation equipment to limit the flow of power, as well as standard meters and controllers so you know how much power is being generated.
- Batteries - Stand-alone power systems use numerous deep cycle batteries in conjunction with each other to give you a power storage facility.
- Wiring - All stand-alone systems are installed with a heavier, thicker wire to keep voltage fluctuations and energy loss to a minimum.
- Home Design - The design and number of appliances in your home can dictate the amount of energy you need and therefore the size of the system you require.
Inland Solar can consult with you on the design and requirements of your home to assess what size system you require.
Solar pumping systems have replaced windmills for many rural customers. While a windmill only pumps when it is windy, and only as much as the wind can produce, a solar power system is set-up to pump continually during sunlight hours. A solar pump also delivers a more efficient and dependable water flow.
How does a solar pump work?
Just like a solar panel for the home, the sun is collected through a solar cell. This electricity is collected by the wiring in the module, then supplied to the DC pump controller and motor. The motor then pumps water whenever the sun is shining and even in low-light. When it is cloudy the pump will slow down but because it has no minimum speed (unlike a centrifugal pump), it will keep delivering water.
Pump and Panel Life
Weather Resistance Solar panels are far more cyclone resistant than windmills. During storms a tracking array assumes the angle of least resistance to the wind. The toughened glass panels are famous for their resistance to hail.
Both the pumps and panels have a lifespan extending over decades. The first installations from the manufacturer are still going strong over 10 years later and their owners expect many more years of reliable pumping power. And with a warranty of 25 years on the panels you should expect to see it continue to pump 'til then.
The simplest way to store solar energy is to use gravity by pumping water into elevated tanks.
Budgeting for Solar
A solar pumping system costs about the same as a windmill. Your solar powered pump will quickly pay for itself in savings on diesel, petrol or electricity.
Water Level Protection
Like any electric pump, your solar pump can be controlled with pressure and/or float switches. A connector on the control box makes it easy to protect against dry bores or full water storage.
Your solar pump system can be installed with either a fixed panel solar system (which will provide you with a good amount of sun during the day) or a tracking array system. A tracking array system will follow the sun until it sets in the west, then at night it will return to the east to set itself right for the morning.
These systems are more efficient as they are getting direct sunlight pretty much all day where as the fixed array may get partial solar gain in some parts of the day and extensive gain in other parts of the day.
At Inland Solar, we use quality products from renowned manufacturers. As the longest-running solar power company in Tamworth, we have extensive experience and knowledge of these products. Our accredited solar power installers can help you select the right system to suit your needs, whether for your home, farm or commercial property. Inland Solar are also warranty agents for the majority of these brands.
Suntech - One of the world's largest manufacturers with a long history of research and development leading to multiple awards for cell efficiency. This along with back-up service right here in Australia has made Suntech Australia's favourite panel.
QCells - These German designed panels are fast becoming an Aussie favourite with their
Triple Yield Security Seal, Hot Spot Protect & Anti PID Protection. This is the premium solar panel range that Inland Solar have available.
Trina Solar - Another panel with a huge following in Australia and right around the world, Trina panels are well know for their quality and great value for money.
CNPV - We currently use these premium panels for all our 12v small area modules. Well known for their research and development, which has led to a strong reputation for reliability and yield.
Solawatt - Solawatt camping kits range between 80-200w and come complete with tilt legs, regulator, anderson plugs, aligator clips and carry case.
SMA - The undisputed king of inverter manufacturing! The German SMA inverter is the wordwide leader of inverter technology and manufacturing. Highly efficient, these inverters cater for everything from the smallest installation to the largest commercial jobs.
Delta Energy Systems - Delta inverters have really started to take off in Australia thanks to the reliability of their no-fuss transformer type inverter. With an industry leading 10-year warranty they have become so popular we started using them in our own installations rather than as just a replacement inverter.
Enphase - Micro inverters have also become quite popular over the last few years. These American inverters are great for locations with shading issues and offer easy monitoring solutions for the solar power system.
Latronics - The LS range of inverters are 100% Aussie-made and have a huge range between 500w up to 7Kw. Great product and great knowing you have back-up service available here in Australia.
Franklin Electric - Franklin Electric produce a SubDrive SolarPAK solar pump that provides significant water output, meaning faster fill times for your tank.
Lorentz - These German-engineered solar pumps offer efficiency, durability and superior quality. These pumps are perfectly suited to rural pumping applications.
Solar Hot Water Systems
Rheem - We use both Hiline® and Loline® solar hot water systems from Rheem, who have many years of history in the Australian marketplace. Our staff can help you determine whether hi-line or lo-line systems are more suitable for your home.
Portable Power Boxes
Inland Solar have portable power boxes available in a range of sizes. These boxes cater for short camping trips through to weekenders. These portable power solutions give you both 12v and 240v output options and charging capabilities from solar panels, alternator or 240v. Built into these rugged outdoor cases are batteries, chargers and inverters. We can also custom build to individual user requirements.