Understanding Your Options For Swimming Pool Heaters

Pool heaters

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With several swimming pool heaters available in the market today, choosing the right pool heater can be quite challenging, especially if you do not have any knowledge on the features and differences of each. Each has its pros and cons and buying one should depend on your needs, budget and the existing design of your pool and the house. Having the knowledge of each type will help you arrive at a smart buying decision.

Extend Swimming Season Using Pool Heaters

If you want to enjoy your swimming pool even in the colder months, you should consider investing in a pool heater. You don’t have to stop enjoying your pool just because summer is over. With a pool heater, you can enjoy your pool year round. This way, you can be sure that the money you have invested in putting up your swimming pool allows you to enjoy your pool all year through and not merely during summer time. There are three main types of pool heaters; all of which have different capabilities but in order for you to choose which among the pool heaters is best for you, you should familiarize yourself with the different types of heaters and their features.

The Different Types of Pool Heaters

1. Solar pool heaters

Solar heaters are environment-friendly and economical in the long run as they rely solely on the sun for energy. However, this type of heater is ideal for southern climates where energy from the sun can easily be harnessed. You will also need to have a pool pump that is capable of circulating the water through the heater channels for your solar pool heater to be effective. One advantage of installing a solar pool heater is they are low maintenance and can usually last for up to 20 years, although the costs in installing one can be pricey compared to other types of pool heaters.

2. Electric pool heaters

>As its name implies, this type of heater is powered by electricity. This type of heater is likewise ideal for those who are not located in areas which are ‘solar feasible’. An advantage to using electric pool heaters is that they can warm the pool without regard to outdoor temperatures. Electric pumps work by drawing air in from outside, compressing the air, and then warming the water with the heated air. Electric pool heaters are energy efficient and have low operational costs, are relatively inexpensive to install and can last between 5 to 10 years.

3. Gas pool heaters

>Just like electric heaters, gas heaters have the capability to maintain desired pool temperatures without regard to outdoor temperatures. This type of heater is ideal for homes where the pool isn’t often used and for warming pools over short periods of time. In gas pool heaters, natural or propane fuel is burned in the combustion chamber, transferring the heat to the pool water. And because gas heaters require a storage tank for the gas, they are usually oversized. Another disadvantage of gas pool heaters is that they are not very energy efficient; therefore the operational costs are quite expensive and require considerable maintenance due to the high temperatures in the gas heater. With proper care, gas pool heaters can last for up to 5 years.

Pool heaters can extend the fun of the swimming season. When installing one, make sure that it does not extend the costs of maintaining your pool.

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