SizzlinWe had a solar pool heating system installed.  The pool people came and built this low profile rack on the ground next to the house.  They connected these long panels vertically side by side to it.  Each panel consisted of several long black tubes about the width of a soda straw.  The water just trickles through them and then makes its way back to the pool.  We now get instant heat.  From the sun!  For free!

I was amazed at how well it worked.  Of course monsoon is just around the corner.  The air is getting heavy and the clouds are puffing way up high in the sky.  When you’re in the pool, it’s hard to gage just how and when to dodge the random lighting storms going on around you.  Heated or not, there not much swimming in the rain.  It’s kinda scary. 

I do love monsoon.  The scent of wet desert with crackling thunder in the distance.  Everything gets all green and the big sky becomes littered with billowing clouds.  When the sun goes down, you can see the moon, the milky way and every shooting star in the sky.  It’s very humbling. 

The summer solstice has come and gone.  This is the zenith of my favorite time of year.  It’s hot–totally hot and…I have to go sweep the pool so Ray can dismantle the filter and clean it.  Yes folks, we’re the pool boys. 

One Thought on “Totally Hot!

  1. That’s totally cool. I always enjoy hearing about that sort of technology. I like your description of the monsoon. It captures a lot of what I enjoy about it. One of my favorite things to do when I’m at Rio Rico is to take a cocktail out onto the terrace and enjoy it while I watch the lightning over the Santa Rita Mountains. One of the cosmos pictured in your last post would fit the bill nicely.

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