Have you ever wanted to use your pool, only to notice that the water was too cold? You can prevent this problem and get more out of your pool by finding ways to heat your water. Cold weather will never keep you away from your pool again.
If you're thinking of heating your pool, keep these tips in mind. They'll help you to keep the temperature of your water at a level that is comfortable. Some people are fortunate enough to have extremely hot and humid climates, and they actually require a heater that can actually chill the water. What a luxury! But for the vast majority of people a little or a lot of help is required to raise the water temperature up to an acceptable standard.
Remember the more Northern you go in the United States the colder the climate becomes. Other factors such as wind speed, low humidity and the absence of wind breakers (fence or walls close to the pool) all contribute to lowering the temperature of your water.Start With A Cover
Whether you decide to invest in a heater or not, you'll want to make sure that your pool has a good cover. A cover will help to lock in heat that is already there, which means your water won't cool down as much on a chilly night.
Certain types of covers may actually help you to draw in more heat. For example, you can buy a solar cover that heats up your pool water with the power of the sun. Pools lose most of their heat due to evaporation. A good cover locks in the heat and makes sure a large proportion of this energy stays in your pool. There is also a secondary benefit in this. It means you wont have to burn as much gas or electricity the next time you use your pool as your heater wont have to work as hard to heat up a cold pool.Choose The Right Heater
If you do decide to get a heater for your pool, you're going to have to make sure you make a smart choice. Look for a product that falls within your budget, and has excellent reviews from customers.
You're also going to want to make sure that the heater you get is the right size. If you have a very big pool, you may need a large heater. If your pool is on the small side, a massive heater won't be needed. Figure out what kinds of heaters are recommended for the kind of pool you have. If you want to heat a pool and a hot tub you need a heater that is capable of that including one that has the right fittings.
It also needs to be at least a 200K Btu heater if you need it for 2 water sources. Btu is the standard measurement of pool heaters. They start of at around 100K Btu for smaller units for small pools and spas, and go all the way up to 450K. This size of heater would be ideal for very large pools. It would be as close to a commercial swimming pool as you will get from a prosumer machine.Turn The Heater Off
While keeping your heater on will keep your pool toasty, you shouldn't keep it on all the time. There's no reason to use a heater when it's already hot outside; you'll just be wasting energy.
In addition, you shouldn't run your heater if you won't be using your pool. If you only use your pool on the weekends, then keep it turned off from Monday through Thursday. Your water will take a while to be warm, but your energy bills will be a lot lower.
Heat Pump Or Gas Heater Or Solar?
There are a load of choices when it comes to finding the best pool heating solution. Many come down to pre-made choices, i.e. your climate, energy costs, gas line availability. Solar only works in warm states. Solar products are quite cheap and many only go up to the $300 limit. You can actually use a solar dome heater (modern smaller and efficient version of the larger old fashioned solar panels) during the warm months or even during the warm part of the day.
You can combine this with a heat pump or gas heater. Heat pumps are electricity powered and gas heaters use it natural gas or propane. Natural gas is cheaper than propane, but if you dont have a gas line installed you can add a propane tank on site.
If you need or want to have your heater turned on most of the day, a heat pump will probably be less expensive. Unless your temperature is below 60 degrees, then it is going to cost less on electricity than a gas heater will use in gas.
You can see some figures for the temperature of your state and a review of one of the best NG heaters here : http://www.mypoolguide.com. You will also find out if your state fits into the category of needing a heat pump or gas heater. If you have bags of money to spare you could always go for all 3- solar, electricity and gas!
That way the gas heater will act fast to heat up your pool, then you switch on the solar dome, and keep the heat pump on standby. It can be set to auto turn on and off once the water temperature dips to a certain level. Cosy or what? Expensive too, well initially to buy as heat pumps can cost up to $3000 and over and gas heaters can range from $1500-$3000.
If you follow these three simple tips, it should be much easier for you to keep your pool at a comfortable temperature. Don't let bad weather keep you away from your pool. Make sure your pool water is warm even when it's chilly outside. You should be able to enjoy your pool all the time, well most of the time…
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