Heating Options For Your Swimming Pool
Are you wanting to extend your swim season? As the weather cools down many will have to say goodbye to the swim season but that isn’t always the case. There are options out there that allow you to either prolong your swim season or swim all year round. With that said, If you want to be able to use your swimming pool for a majority of the year, you’re going to have to choose an electric, gas or solar power heater. Choosing the right type of heater will be determined by the following factors:
- Your finances
- The layout of your swimming pool
- What your needs are
- If you have the ability to use gas or not
In this blog post, we are going to highlight the different types of heaters and how to make the best choices. Please note, these are the most common solutions but each option comes with its own pros and cons.
Electric Heat Pump For Your Pool
This type of heating option is recommended for those who will want to swim all year round. A heat pump can maintain the pool temperature between 80 – 90 degrees regardless of weather conditions, and it will work when the outside temperature is higher than 45 degrees.
Heat pumps can be thought of as a heat transporter constantly moving warm air from one place to another, to where it’s needed or not needed, depending on the season. When it’s cold outside a heat pump extracts this outside heat and transfers it inside. When it’s warm outside, it reverses directions and acts like an air conditioner, removing heat from your home. A huge advantage of a heat pump is that it moves heat instead of generating heat, giving you more energy efficiency. Also, it is powered by electricity, so you can save substantially on fuel consumption.
Gas Heaters For Your Pool
If you want to heat your pool only for shorter periods of time, then gas is what you are looking for. Although it is true to say that gas heaters are effective, they can be pretty expensive to operate. They are pretty convenient for quickly heating your pool from time to time. Gas heaters can either use natural gas or propane for fuel. They will require a hookup to natural gas or storage for propane gas. Please note that even though they are the most effective at heating your swimming pool, they will also be the most expensive out of the options that are available.
Solar Heaters For Your Pool
Solar heaters are a great choice for those that prefer sustainable options or going greener for their home. They are an excellent choice for those that are comfortable with temperatures ranging in the swimming pool from 80 – 85 degrees. If you’re in a warmer climate like ours with sufficient sun, solar can work all year round. However, if you’re in a colder climate with cloudy days this option won’t work.
The heaters use the sun’s heat, so they don’t have any operating costs. Your existing pool pump circulates the pool water through the solar heater which is commonly located on your roof. Since the pump has a timer, you should set it to operate during daylight hours or when the sun is out.
Solar Pool Covers For Your Pool
A solar cover is a large sheet of plastic and lies on top of your swimming pool. You have many options when purchasing a solar cover, as many colors, thicknesses, and sizes are available. If you have a custom pool that could make the price go up to work around all the angles. Since 75% of a swimming pools heat loss is due to evaporation, a solar cover minimizes heat loss from evaporation by acting as a barrier between swimming pool water and the air. This is typically the cheapest option compared to the others.
When it comes to enjoying your pool even in the offseason, these are the best options. If you should have any questions in regards to the above choices, please contact us today!