A heated swimming pool is an awesome amenity. It has dozens of uses that the average homeowner never considers. From taking a dip in the dead of winter to relaxing beneath the stars on a crisp autumn evening, a heated pool gives you 24/7/365 functionality and enjoyment.
When it comes to choosing a pool heater, it is important to do your research. There are three major options that you can choose from.
#1: Solar Pool Heaters
A solar powered pool heater has many benefits. It reduces the cost of fossil fuels because it is solely dependent on the sun as it collects solar power from a panel. The panel will then allow the power to travel through a control valve and heat the water.
Solar pool heaters can be expensive and may cause cosmetic work to your home depending on where they need to be positioned. In addition, be sure to check your local building codes and HOAs before making these adjustments.
#2: Natural Gas Heaters
A natural gas heater is efficient if you plan to heat your pool for a certain amount of time. The gas heater works by drawing water into a filter. The filter then passes the water into the heating chamber, which is supported by burning gas, before returning the water to the pool.
Unlike a solar heater, gas heaters are less complicated to install. However, be prepared for the gas bill increase throughout the year.
#3: Electric Heaters
The electric heater works similar to the natural gas heater. However, it has a fan that brings in air and maneuvers it over an evaporation coil, which then brings the water to the compressor. The compressor heats up the water, passes it through the condenser, and sends it back into your pool.
Electric heaters are more expensive than gas; however, it does last longer and is more efficient. Just be on the lookout for a more expensive electricity bill depending on use.
A Few Things to Remember
When it comes to purchasing a pool heating system, be sure to take into consideration the size of the pool, your short and long-term budgets, and heating efficiency. If you are still unsure about what type of heating system to use, contact a professional, such as Splash Swimming Pools. They can walk you through the best and worst case scenarios when it comes to purchasing a pool heater.
The most important thing to remember is that when it comes to swimming, always be safe. Once you have selected a heating option, ensure that it is properly installed and maintained.