How To Choose A Pool Heater
If you want to do one
thing to increase how much time your family spends in the pool, adding a
pool heater to your equipment system is probably the answer. We often
ask, "You wouldn't swim in a dirty pool, why are you swimming in a cold
one?" In this area, a heater should probably be a standard piece of
equipment on every pool if you actually want to use the pool for more
than a few weeks each season.
Gas heaters are available in
natural or propane models. One advantage to a gas heater is that it is
quick. If you only want to heat your pool periodically-- say for just
the weekend-- a gas heater will allow you to do this. Gas heaters are
available in a variety of sizes (from 100,000 BTUs to 250,000 BTUs) and
the larger the heater the quicker the pool will heat.
you like to use your pool every day-- say for daily exercise-- an
electric heat pump is the most efficient way to maintain your pool at a
constant temperature all season long by slowly taking warm air and
transferring it to the swimming pool water. Though more expensive to
purchase initially than a gas heater, an electric heat pump can maintain
your pool at a constant temperature for significantly less than natural
gas or propane gas.
After your new heater has been installed onto
your filter system, you will need to have the gas or electric service
hooked up to the unit by a certified gas plumber, your propane company
or an electrician.
No matter what type of heater you choose, you
will want to use a solar blanket to reduce your energy costs. This is
especially important in the evenings when cooler air temperatures and
warmer water temperatures result in evaporation that contributes to heat
Remember, when you invest in a pool heater, you are
creating more opportunities for those treasured poolside family memories
of the future.