Happiness is the wonderful feeling of swimming in a nice warm pool… but how do you heat them?
While heating a swimming pool has extra upfront costs and requires more energy, many people believe it’s a more than worthwhile investment due to the extra use the pool will get all year round. A reliable heating system combined with a swimming pool cover can maintain the temperature of a fibreglass pool during the cooler months, or any unexpected changes in temperature all year round. In fact, swimming pools can even be set up as ‘smart pools’, making it super easy to control temperatures and maintain them using self-cleaning systems and intelligent home devices.
Whether you’re looking at above ground pools or an inground plunge pool, there are three main options of solar, gas, or electric heat pumps, and there are pros and cons with each one. The key to deciding which pool heater is right for you and your pool is knowing how each one works. So…
What Are The Different Options For Swimming Pool Heating?
Solar heaters work by using the sun’s free energy to heat the water as it is circulated from your swimming pool before returning it back to your swimming pool. The best thing about solar pool heating is that once it is all set up, it’s super cheap to run.
Solar Heating – Pros
- Eco-Friendly & energy efficient
- Energy savings help pay for installation
- Free energy source
- Inexpensive to operate
- Lasts around 15-20 years on average
Solar Heating – Cons
- Needs direct sunlight
- More expensive upfront costs
- Heats water slowly
- May need a backup heater
Also fairly inexpensive to operate, these pool heaters use either propane or natural gas. Water is warmed as it passes through a tube with a hot combustion chamber, before ultimately being returned back to your pool.
Gas Heating – Pros
- Heats water quickly
- Works in any temperature
- Inexpensive to purchase
- Low emissions
Gas Heating – Cons
- Uses gas so is expensive to operate
- Needs access to natural gas or a propane tank
- Not eco-friendly
- Only lasts about 5-10 years on average
An electric pool heater or pump works by circulating water through a heating tank before pumping it back into the pool. There are two different types of electric heaters, one which uses air and the other which uses water, both of which work in similar ways with the constant exchange of warm and cold that creates the heat for your pool water.
Electric Heating – Pros
- Eco-friendly & energy efficient
- Good alternative to solar for pools used regularly
- Inexpensive to run
- Lasts around 20-25 years on average
Electric Heating – Cons
- Requires electricity
- Less effective in colder temperatures
- Expensive to purchase
- Heats pool water slowly
How Can Narellan Pools Help You Choose The Right Heating Option For Your Pool?
While the addition of a pool heater is a decision most families will be excited about, it’s important that all aspects of your small inground pool or large above ground pool, as well as lifestyle, are all taken into account. Narellan Pools can help you select the right pool heater for you by looking at a number of different things. For example, what your budget is, what best suits your pool, and how often you plan on using it throughout the year. The location of your home and your pool will also be a major deciding factor that will help you decide which type of pool heating system is best for you.
Once we have an idea regarding these main elements, choosing the best pool heater for your pool should be a pretty straightforward decision. No matter what your pool needs are, from pool accessories like pool safety covers to the best pool heaters, Narellan Pools can ensure your pool is always at the perfect temperature so you can extend your swim season to all year round.