Pool Heaters: Know Your Options
It’s that time of year again! We’re shaking our heads at the Saints, there’s a crisp feel to the air in the morning, and some are sadly closing their pools for the season. But cooler weather doesn’t have to stop you from using and enjoying your own personal escape!
With a little bit of planning, your pool can be just the right temperature so you’re ready to swim any time of the year. There are quite a few options for heating your pool, so there’s a solution to suit everyone!
What will work best for your budget and pool type? Let’s take a look.
First, there are several different types of pool heaters to choose from including solar, electric and gas.
Much like a natural gas heater for your house, this type of pool heater uses natural gas to function but some versions run on propane.
The type of fuel that is available in your area will probably determine your options here.
When the water flows through the exchanger, the gas will begin to burn in the combustion chamber. This transfers the heat throughout the water and pushes it back into the pool.
In the past, gas pool heaters were not so efficient.
You can take comfort in knowing that the heaters of today are much better. Some even offer up to 95 perfect efficiency ratings and even produce low nitrogen oxide (low-NOx) emissions which can make heating the pool more environmentally friendly.
What’s cooler than heating your pool with the sun? Solar heating uses the power of the sun’s rays which are collected through panels. It then transfers the heat out through the water with the use of a pump and filter.
The cost of purchasing a solar heater upfront is similar to other heaters, but will actually save you money over the course of the life of your pool because of its high efficiency and low operating costs.
Collectors for solar heaters come in glazed and unglazed. Glazed is the best option for those in snowy climates, but around here unglazed is preferred.
Yet another energy efficient choice is a heat pump.
The pump works by taking the outdoor humidity and warm air and transferring it straight to the water in the pool. Even if the temperature outside is hovering around 50 degrees, the pump will still heat the water. As the temperature warms up, it will be even more effective.
You’ll pay a larger upfront price for a heat pump. However, the price will pay off with low annual costs and cheaper energy bills. Also, if properly maintained, heat pumps have a longer life over gas pumps.
Choosing a heat pump will depend on the size of the pool, the coolest possible temperature outside and the preferred temperature of the water.
Storage Water Heaters
Similar to the water heater in your house, these work through the use of an insulated tank either with electric-resistance elements or with an integrated gas burner. One advantage of using a storage water heater is that the water can be heated with a small heating element or burner while still giving plenty of hot water.
Recovery time can depend on the capacity of the electric elements or gas burner also. The recovery is an important property of a storage water heater and you’ll often see it presented as “first-hour rating” in gallons.
What to Know
Still not convinced that one of the best investments you can make for your pool is getting a pool heater?
Consider the fact that they maintain your preferred pool temperature, ultimately making your pool the perfect temperature all the time. Though our fall is short, our winters are mild so there isn’t really a need to close the pool after football season starts; a heater extends the ‘swimming season’ to virtually year round!
If you are interested in installing a pool heater in your home swimming pool, you’ll need to consult one of our professionals to know which type is best for your pool, budget and needs. Our specialists also install your heater, so there is little work on your end.
Our pool experts at Pleasure Pools can help you select the right pool heater for you. We’ve been installing pools in South Louisiana for over 20 years and are pleased to assist you every step of the way. Contact us today and let’s get swimming!