Heating Options For Swimming Pools in Winter

by Pool Builders on 04-24-2007 in Articles

Few things provide more pleasure than diving into a crystal clear pool after a long, hot day, but one of them might be the ability to swim in a warm pool during the frozen winter months. Swimming pools can boost the value of your property and if you can give your potential buyer a usage period beyond those few months of summer it will be a real selling point for you.

There are a couple popular methods for heating the pool in winter. Solar pool covers capture the sun's heat and transfer it to the water. This is best for mild climates that don't get frighteningly cold. They also work by blocking evaporation and the heat is retained in the pool. Over time you will notice a significant difference in the heat of your pool. This is often the most economical method over the long term since the sun's rays are free, but they can be very expensive at the outset. Of course there's the added benefit of protecting the pool from debris while its gathering heat. As for pool protection in the winter it's important to note that solar pool covers and winter pool covers are not safety covers. You will use the plastic cover to seal the pool for the winter and to protect the pool from the harsh elements such as wind, ice and debris.

Pool Heat Pumps are another option, which can both cool and heat your pool water depending on your needs. Gas fired heaters are another fairly economical option and are quite common. These can help maintain a more constant temperature. Electric pool heaters are also available, but you'll want to check into the utility rates in your part of the country to determine whether gas or electric is the best option for you. There are definitely pricing differences across the country. Your local pool supply store can also guide you to the best decision as you factor in purchase price, maintenance issues, longevity, long-term cost and required space.

In short, swimming pool heaters make a convenient and economical addition to your home, whether for personal use or to boost resale value.

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