As the seasons shift and with winter around the corner, many people may be considering heating their swimming pool to extend its use. After all, a dip into a warm pool on a chilly night is super exhilarating. Aquaman Pools shares some tips for heating the swimming pool during the cooler seasons… and how to save money doing so!
Gas heaters, solar heaters and heat pump heaters are some of the most common ways to heat a swimming pool. According to Energy.gov, gas-fired heaters are the most popular method for heating the swimming pool. Today’s models have a much higher efficiency than older models, but this option tends to be a pricier one. Gas heaters quickly heat the pool, so they are optimal for occasional heating. A gas heater can also maintain the temperature of the pool water despite weather conditions.
With the installation of a solar pool heater, homeowners can reduce their heating costs substantially. This option tends to be more cost effective than gas and heat pump heaters; the annual costs are very low. Heat pump pool heaters use heat that is already available, moving it from one place to another so they use less electricity. Pool water circulates through the pump, passes through a filter and then the heat pump heater. Heat pool heaters are efficient in locations where the outside temperature stays above 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Size, efficiency, cost and climate should all be considered when selecting the type of heater that would be best for the pool. Regardless of selection, Energy Saver suggests ways to save money on heating the pool. First and foremost, energy efficiency should be taken into consideration when purchasing a new unit. A pool cover can also help retain the heat and reduce costs.
Desired water temperature also comes into play when it comes to efficiency and reducing heating costs. According to Energy Saver, “The American Red Cross recommends a temperature of 78F for competitive swimming. This coincides with good fuel savings.”
It’s a good idea to turn the temperature down or turn off the heater when the pool is not in use for several days to save both energy and money. The site adds: “It’s a myth that it takes more energy to heat a pool back up to a desired temperature than you save by lowering the temperature or turning off the heater.”
Aquaman Pools’ team of professional pool experts are a wealth of knowledge about all things pool related. Have a question about heating the pool or anything else? Call them today!