Swimming Pool Heaters Help Keep the Chills Away

by Pool Builders on 03-01-2007 in Articles

Who said swimming should only be enjoyed in the summer time? While at one point winter may have stopped all plans for a good swim, this isn't the case any more. Swimming pool heaters allow you to enjoy swimming for the entire year. Yet when winter comes around many owners bring out the covers and tarps and cover the pool up, forgetting about it until the next summer rolls around. Heaters allow for the pool season to be extended even throughout the entire year.

Swimming pool heaters make it easy to keep a constant temperature throughout the entire year so that everyone can relax with family and friends in warm water, even if there's snow laying on the ground. These heaters come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which allow a great variety available, even for those with only a modest budgets to make such an addition.

So, how do you know which type of heater is right? Heaters all function in different ways, which means they each have there own individual list of pros and cons. To figure out which is best for you, you really do need to know specifically what your needs and desires for a are. In general there are three types that work for most people, the electric, gas, and solar.

Electric heaters, despite the name, actually use a form of solar heat. Basically, when the temperature outside of a pool is above 45 degrees, these heaters take the warmth from the outside air and then electrically convert it to the water through a compressor. These are great for all-year use because it doesn't matter what the weather is: the heaters will kick the cool water up between 80-90 degrees on average. These heaters can be a little bit more expensive depending on the quality, but they can last a long time and make up for the cost compared to other cheaper models.

A gas heater is fueled by natural gas and are great for quick heating. The biggest and obvious problem is that due to gas prices, they may be expensive to operate. The initial cost for this type is less, but once again the gas prices add up.

Solar heaters are the best way to go for people who live in areas with a lot of warm weather. They aren't as powerful as heat pumps, but they are much more efficient in heating because there is virtually no cost of operation. Solar heaters extract warmth from the daytime air, and the pre-existing pool pump re-circulates the heated water back to the pool. The obvious drawback is that with bad weather the swimming pool heater doesn't work.

Choosing a heater depends on your needs and budget, but the extra days in the pool make it a great investment for most people.

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