Swimming Pool Heater Basics - What You Need to Know

by Pool Builders on 07-27-2008 in Articles

If you are sick of jumping in to a very cold swimming pool and waiting for your body to adjust to the water temperature, then a swimming pool heater might be the right gadget for you. The swimming pool heater basics are pretty simple. A heater will extend your pool season so that you can start swimming before memorial day and continue swimming well past labor day. Sure there is much more to heaters and here is some helpful information about the swimming pool heater basics.

You have some different choices when it comes to heating your pool and it is all going to depend on your budget, how hot you want your pool, and the size and design of your pool. There are heaters for all different types of pools and you can find one that will fit your pool pretty easily.

You can choose from an electric, gas, or solar powered pool heater. These are the three major types and all of them have advantages and disadvantages.

Gas Pool Heater

As gas prices rise this heater is becoming less and less popular because they are expensive to buy and to run. However, these are great for getting your pool hot in a hurry. If you have a vacation home or only use your pool for parties and special occasions, then this is your type of heater. You can run it for just a few hours before you need to use your pool and get it up to the temperature you want, then shut it off until the next time.

Electric Pool Heaters

These are great for those that do not mind seeing their electric bill skyrocket. You will also have to dump a few dollars into it each year to maintain the heater. These are great, though, because they will get you up around the 90 degree range if you want and they are adjustable so you get to pick the temperature you want your pool water at.

Solar Powered pool heaters

In my opinion, these are the best. They do not cost that much to either make yourself or to buy and they have a free fuel source in the sun. However, if you get a few days of cloudy and cold weather you will not be able to heat your pool. You will have to replace the pump about once every other year, but they usually only run around $50 so that is not that bad.

The best way to heat your pool for year round use or for a very extended swimming season is with two heaters. Get yourself a solar powered swimming pool heater for the hotter and sunnier days and use one of the gas or electric type swimming pool heaters for the days that the sun decides to hide, but you want to take a relaxing dip in your pool.

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