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Heating your swimming pool gives you a higher return on your investment simply by allowing you to swim more often. Most people find swimming in water between 82° and 84°F in temperature most comfortable and enjoyable. The temperature of your pool water will naturally fluctuate with the weather and in warmer climates it can only get up to 75 degrees, even in the summer months! Therefore, a heater is essential to maintaining the optimal swimming temperature to enjoy your pool to the fullest.
So, what are your pool heating options?
Your options include heat pumps, gas heaters (of several varieties), solar heaters, conventional electric models and more, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Different methods are best suited for different types of swimming pools. Therefore, when shopping for a heater, you should consider both the features of the heater itself and the environment in which the heater would operate.
Air-Source Heat Pumps
With low operating costs and energy efficient, air-source heat pumps are steadily growing in popularity. Heat pumps transfer heat from the air to your swimming pool using electricity. They are most effective in warmer climate areas and when used on a regular basis. We have found that air-source heat pumps greatly benefit consumers who live in climates where the average air temperature exceeds 60°F (15.5°C) and consumers who use their swimming pools year-round. So, this option is perfect for most Florida residents!
Advantages of Air-Source Heat Pumps
Disadvantages of Air-Source Heat Pumps
Water-Source Heat Pumps
Water-source heat pumps embrace newer technology, and therefore are not as widely used as other types of heating systems. They are, however, growing in popularity, as they have high efficiency and low operating costs. We have found that water-source heat pumps greatly benefit consumers who live in climates where the average air temperature is below 60°F (15.5°C) and consumers who use their swimming pools year-round. A water-source swimming pool heat pump, also referred to as a geothermal heat pump, transfers heat from a water-source to your swimming pool water.
Because many types of bodies of water exist, many types of water-source heat pumps exist. Some common water-source systems are a deep ground well. It consists of two deep wells: one that supplies water to the heat pump and one that returns water back to the ground.
Advantages of Water-Source Heat Pumps
Disadvantages of Water-Source Heat Pumps
Solar energy plays a dominant role in environmentally friendly products in the pool industry. Solar swimming pool heating systems obtain their heat from the sun. Because solar heaters depend on the sun to heat swimming pools, they mostly benefit consumers who live in very sunny areas.
Advantages of Solar Heaters
Disadvantages of Solar Heaters
Electric Resistance Heaters
Electric resistance heaters use electric currents to create heat. Because electric resistance heaters consume large amounts of electricity, they are primarily used to heat spas and small therapy pools and are rarely used to heat swimming pools.
Advantages of Electric Resistance Heaters
Disadvantages of Electric Resistance Heaters
Gas heaters have been the primary way of heating swimming pool for decades, since gas prices were so low. However, as gas prices increase throughout the years, consumers have begun searching for more affordable ways to heat their pools, and, as a result, other heating methods have increased in popularity. However, gas heaters are still very beneficial in colder climates. Also, they are more ideal for swimming pool owners who live in climates where the temperature is below 60°F (15.5°C) and swimming pool owners who only heat their swimming pools a few times each year.
Advantages of Gas Heaters
Disadvantages of Gas Heaters
Each method provides several benefits, but there’s one pool heating solution that proves to be efficient, resilient and intuitive—a heat pump pool heater. Homeowners looking to extend their pool seasons, while staying cost-efficient and environmentally conscious, are turning to heat pump pool heaters to solve their heating needs. There are additional options but this one seems to be the best option for year-round pool swimmers.