Swimming Pool Heaters - Are They Worth It?

by Pool Builders on 06-15-2007 in Articles

Once you have built a swimming pool because the kids were nagging you for a way to keep cool and have fun during the hot summer, it may not have occurred to you what options you may have during the cooler winter months. The onset of winter can be frustrating because swimming is an excellent way to keep fit and trim, and giving up this valuable exercise during the winter can seem like such a shame. But there is some good news here. One way to overcome this cold weather obstacle is to invest in a state-of-the-art swimming pool heater. Once you have one, you simply switch it on and the heater will warm the water in the pool to a comfortable temperature making it nice enough to swim even in when it is cold outside.

There are a number of choices when it comes to selecting a swimming pool heater. They come in a variety of sizes to accommodate any size or shape of swimming pool. One type is a gas heater which is quite inexpensive to use. The other choices are oil heaters and electric heaters, though they can be a bit more expensive to maintain. One of the newest methods of heating your swimming pool water today is through the use of solar heating. When the sun shines, the energy is stored and used to heat your pool. It is actually very environmentally friendly, but can be quite expensive for the initial installation of the equipment. One of the more cost effective swimming pool heaters is a wood burning one, though it can be more difficult to maintain for longer periods of time.

Some situations make it almost a necessity to invest in a swimming pool heater. It can be most advantageous in areas of the world where people experience short summers and the days are few where the water is naturally warm enough for swimming. Other places where a heated swimming pool would be a great idea is in places that have cold summers and practically no opportunity to swim on any summer day. With a swimming pool heater installed, the pool could then be used for at least part of the year for the entire family to enjoy. It could even be a central location for all of the friends and family members to gather and visit for a few days of fun pool games. Your place could now be considered a real "hot spot"!

Once you have decided that you a ready to invest in a swimming pool heater, you will have to decide upon which type of heater you want based upon the amount of money that you'll want to spend on the heating. The gas heaters, as mentioned before, are probably the least expensive method as, first, the heater itself is inexpensive and, second, the gas is less expensive to keep the water continually heated. Another advantage is that it is fairly small and easy to use, so it could be considered a relatively hassle free choice. The last thing to consider is the size of your swimming pool as the strength of swimming pool heater will also have to accommodate its size. It must be strong enough to effectively heat the entire size of the pool water so as to not have any cold patches.

You might discover that an awkwardly shaped swimming pool will be more difficult to heat and you may have to leave the swimming pool heater on for a longer period of time. So, when designing a pool, the most practical size to heat would probably be is a rectangular shape.
Swimming pool heaters are a great option for getting the most out of your swimming pool. Once the cool weather sets in, you still can enjoy hours of fun with all your friends and family and even swim late into the evening. How about a relaxing late night dip in your heated swimming pool without feeling cold at all? Just be sure that whatever the type of swimming pool heater you ultimately choose to install, make sure that it is safe and that any wires or gas canisters are kept away from children.

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