Pool Gas Heaters - Heating Efficiency Without the High Costs

by Pool Builders on 02-09-2010 in Articles

A few people still believe that heaters are unnecessary fixtures or luxurious additions to swimming pools. However, a pool heater allows you to extend usage of the swimming pool from early spring until later into fall even in cooler regions of the country. In warmer regions, installing heaters would make swimming pools usable 365 days in a year.

In general, there are three classifications of swimming pool heaters: gas-fired heaters that use propane or natural gas, oil-fired heaters and heat pumps.

Pool gas heaters continue to be the most common swimming pool heating option. Raised consciousness of the environment and energy efficiency paved the way for the emergence of solar heaters and heat pumps. Water source and geothermal heat pumps are also being introduced to the market although with higher first cost. Nowadays there are more efficient pool heaters compared to older systems. Advances in technology have significantly increased efficiency of traditional pool heaters. Innovations in mechanical engineering, heat exchanger technology, pilot-less ignition and hydraulics have raised the bar in heater efficiency.

Now that we know the three main types of swimming pool heaters, how do we know which one is appropriate for our own use? Location, climate and pool usage are key considerations in choosing the appropriate pool heating option.

In regions where home heating oil is available while natural gas is not available, an oil-fired heater is a suitable option.

A heat pump is an energy efficient but expensive pool heater. It makes use of compressed refrigerant to generate heat. Water is heated in a heat exchanger that is run by a refrigerant compressor.

A heater that runs on gas employs propane or natural gas as fuel. It is an efficient pool heating system that does not require prolonged or regular use. Ideally, a pool gas heater is used for short time periods and quick heating. Gas heaters can also sustain your preset temperature in any weather unlike solar pool heaters and heat pumps.

How do pool gas heaters work?

Water circulates as it is pumped; flowing through a port to pick up heat from the heat exchanger, then water returns to the pool through another port after heat transfer. In most cases, heated water is mixed with cool water to maintain the desired temperature.

To make the appropriate pool gas heater selection, one must consider the size of the pool, efficiency and cost. It is highly recommended that you consult with a skilled pool expert to install pool gas heaters. Even repairs or more complex maintenance work must be done by trained experts in this field. This ensures the right installation and maintenance of your pool gas heater, allowing you to reach its optimal efficiency.

While not too many users read their manuals for any appliance or equipment, it would be best for you to read your manual for pool gas heaters. Manuals provide maintenance information that may prolong the life span of your pool gas heater and maximize its efficiency. Typically, pool gas heaters last at least five years.

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