What are your swimming pool heating options?
Pool heating options today are more effective and efficient than at any time in the past. Today more pool owners are searching for ways to reduce their heating cost, use of fossil fuels, and CO2 emissions. So let’s take a look at the most common types of swimming pool heating methods available.
This is the most frequently used type of heater and has been around for decades. They are fueled by natural gas, propane, and in some rare cases heating oil. They are the fastest method available for heating your pool. Today’s units are reasonably priced and built to give more energy efficiency than ever before. These heaters are typically very available in most areas thru a local pool store or pool builder. They work equally well in both inground and above ground pools. NOTE: Use of one may require your gas meter size to be upgraded.
Swimming pool heat pumps are the latest choice in pool heating. They are perfect additions for pool owners looking for efficiencies that traditional gas fired pool heaters cannot attain. Other advantages include are that they are quiet, state of the art, and easy to operate. The upfront cost of a heat pump is more expensive, but in most cases will pay for themselves in 3-4 seasons due to the savings on your utility bill. NOTE: Most heat pumps require up to a 50 amp breaker to operate. You may need an upgrade in your electrical panel to own one.
SOLAR HEATING SYSTEMS
Solar systems are typically good for up to a 15° raise in the temperature of your water. More importantly, none of your utility bills will be affected by using a solar heating system. They work in most areas of the country. They are available as a professional installation and DYI kits. It is suggested that you also utilize a solar blanket with the use of a solar heating system. NOTE: Make sure that your Homeowners Association will allow you to install the needed panels on your roof, garage, or in your yard prior to purchase.
Once installed the heat they produce is free. Depending on where you live 10° – 15° is the expected norm with a lot of direct sunlight. They simply float on the pool surface. These covers have to be “cut to fit” the shape and size of your pool. Frankly, I recommend them to be used in conjunction with all previously mentioned pool heating methods. They will help the pool water retain the heat and not exhaust into the atmosphere. Always make sure the cover is removed prior to swimming and never take it off just to leave it in the yard. It will generate enough heat to melt together and be useless after that.
So there you have it. Sorry I cannot put a price on these items since they vary so much around the country. Anyone out there that has used one or even more of these pool heating methods? How was your experience? Let us know.
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