2 Tips for Heating Your Pool without Breaking the Bank
We love our mild winters in south Louisiana. But if you own a pool, you will quickly find out that you can’t count on Mother Nature to keep your pool warm enough to use during the fall and winter months. Don’t despair though as there are a few things you can do to help keep your pool heating energy bills in tact this winter, especially if you are open to alternative methods of heating:
Tip #1 – Pool Heater Maintenance Check
Faulty or poorly maintained equipment is always a good place to check before the bills pile up, and getting an equipment inspection ranks high on any list of tips for saving money on pool heating. Before you do anything else, make sure your pool heater is in top working condition to ensure it’s not running continuously to try and maintain your desired pool temperature.
If you haven’t done so in awhile, contact us today to schedule a maintenance call.
Tip #2 – Buy a Solar Pool Blanket Cover
During the cooler months, the primary cause of heat loss in a swimming pool is evaporation. The steam that you see rising off the pool during cool weather is the heat escaping your pool to the atmosphere and is the primary factor in your pool cooling off faster than you would like.
Pool blankets are inexpensive (many available under $150) and are made of durable resin material. They place a simple cover on your pool that can be quickly and easily deployed or rolled up and put away.
A solar cover can reduce your pool heating expense down to about $1 per day by taking advantage of the greenhouse effect. They trap the heat from escaping into the atmosphere and keep it in your pool – cutting evaporation of heat by as much as 95%. As an added bonus, it can also keep leaves and dirt out of the pool when not in use as well.
Read Up On Solar Powered Heating Systems
One additional long-term solution to reducing heating costs is worth mentioning, as more and more people are looking into alternative energy systems including solar heating options for swimming pools. A solar panel heating system allows the sun’s rays to keep the temperature of the pool water at a comfortable level throughout the cooler months. These systems are designed to harness the power in the rays of the sun, and transfer it into the water of the pool. Using the sun’s thermal energy, your pool water can be made to be more comfortable at virtually no cost, other than running the existing pump on your filter.
Efficient Solar Collectors
Solar collectors act as the main component of the system. Whenever the sun is up, its renewable energy is absorbed into the efficient collector (capturing almost 50,000 BTUs of heat on sunny days). Using a timer, the existing pump will begin slowly pushing the pool water through the solar collector system. Once the heat is transferred, the water flows back into the pool.
Every moment the sun is in the sky, it is offering free energy to heat your pool. Once the solar pool heater system has been installed, it will provide warm water anytime the sun is up, and the pump is on. The system is designed to last at least 10 to 20 years. Fabricated in both glazed and unglazed designs, the solar collectors require virtually no maintenance or upkeep.
By its design, a solar pool heating system uses a diverting valve that instantly stops pool water from flowing through the solar collector. This way, homeowners can quickly turn the system off during the hot days of summer, and quickly back on again, once autumn or spring has arrived.