Pool Heater Options
The Pool is Cold!!!
There’s nothing worse than jumping into a cold pool, I don’t care if you’re 5 or 85 cold water is never a welcomed friend.
People ask me all the time….“You’re in the pool business – what kind of heater do you have on your pool?”
Before we can dive into what’s the best heater for your pool, you need to know a couple things about how they work.
Pools are typically heated, naturally by the sun. The sun’s energy accounts for 75% – 85% of natural pool heating. An average pool season can lasts between May and September without the use of a pool heater. But, the rest of the year, if you want to continue using your swimming pool, you may need to heat the pool.
So, what are your options?
- A Gas Fired Heater – Using natural or propane gas as a fuel source, these heaters will heat the water as it passes through the heater. The main advantage of a gas heater is that it’s fast and ready when you are. The biggest negative is the cost of heating a pool, it can range anywhere from $800.00 to $1,000.00 a month in the middle of winter.Note: If you’re considering adding a spa to your new pool – a gas heater is the only
Option. Typical spa heat is 102 degrees and the other heater options do not provide the energy to heat the water to normal operating temperature.
- A Heat Pump Heater – This system uses the heat from the air and through a series of transfers between coils and compressors transfers that heat into the water. It’s a slow transfer of energy, which ends up being one of its disadvantages compared with a gas heater. But, its cost to heat a pool is nearly a quarter of what it would cost to heat with gas.Note: A heat pump is a great option for a pool only setup. Although there will be times during the year (coldest months – below 60 degrees) where a heat pump will not operate.
- Solar Heating – As the name describes, this system pulls heat directly from heated panels or collectors. Its greatest benefit is that once you have installed the system, the heat that is derived from the system is – free. The major drawbacks from this type of pool heater is that it only works when sunlight is available. That reduces the heating option to daylight hours and sunny days. You’ll also need room for the collectors, on the roof or yard space equivalent to the size of the pool surface area.
Heater Type Pros & Cons
Regardless of the heater type you choose for your new pool, the best and most economical feature you can add with a heater is a pool cover. A pool cover will reduce the loss of heat from evaporation and wind. A cover will also help to increase the effectiveness of chemicals and reduce the loss of water from your pool.
If you have any other questions or need more operational instructions, give us a call or email us with your questions.
Link to references: http://energy.gov/energysaver/gas-swimming-pool-heaters