Get More Use From Your Pool With A Pool Heater  

by Pool Builders on 04-07-2011 in Articles

Installing a swimming pool is a large investment and the cost of maintaining it is not insignificant. However the payback from this investment is not monetary, rather it is the enjoyment it generates for the owner and family and friends.

Unfortunately though, not all pool owners can enjoy their swimming pool throughout the whole year as there are times when the temperature is too cold to swim. To extend the swimming season you can install a pool heater.

Pool heaters simply make sure that the water is kept at a specified temperature so that it is comfortable for swimmers at all times. This usually means setting the water temperature between seventy-five and eighty degrees but some people prefer even warmer water and set it higher.

The types of pool heaters are gas/oil powered, heat pumps (electric) and solar powered. It is important to install the right type of heater and there are a number of factors to take into consideration such as the size of the pool, its location, the amount you will need to heat the water and, inevitably, the costs.

The type of pool heater you will see most often is the gas heater. Most ranges have models for use with natural gas and LPG and varying capacities. Gas heaters tend to be the cheapest to buy but running costs can be high, especially if using LPG.

Good examples of gas heaters are:

* Laars Lite - A highly successful range of gas heaters due to their small size and advanced technology. Now being replaced by new "Legacy" range.
* Raypak digital heater - The design enables it to withstand all sorts of weather. Just set the required temperature and forget it.
* Raypak Millivolt - Use of state of the art engineering and materials has produced a unit that will deliver optimum performance for many years.

An increasing common type of pool heater is the electric heat pump. This is usually more expensive to purchase but running costs are low. This is because a heap pump does not generate heat, it transfers heat from surrounding air to the water so in terms of electricity used to heat output it is extremely efficient.

Another option is to use solar power to heat the pool. Whilst this has the benefit of free energy it is quite expensive to set up. It also requires a lot of space as, as a guide, the solar panels need to cover much the same area as the pool to be heated. It also needs an electric pool pump to bring the water to the solar panels.

While a heater is a significant additional investment, it will greatly enhance the usability of your pool by extending your swimming season.

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