How to Keep Your Pool Open Longer
In Nebraska, we usually only have a few months of nice weather. What if we told you we could help you keep your pool open longer, warmer on those cooler days and it wouldn’t cost you an arm and leg? Pool heaters are a great way to help keep your pool open longer. Today we will take a look at the benefits of a pool heater and the different heating options.
Different Types of Pool Heaters:
- Heat Pump (electric)
You may be asking how each one works. Let me break them down for you.
Solar heaters allow for the use of extended swim time in northern climates, however are most commonly found in Southern climates and can operate year round. Solar heaters work by capturing the sun’s energy through the pool pump, while the water will circulates through the heater. A solar panel is usually located on a rooftop or a custom frame is constructed in the yard. Solar energy is considered free, and while free sounds great, since the pump still has to be running in order for the pool to heat, you can expect your electric bill to increase by $300-950 a year.
Heat Pump (electric):
Good news! The electric heat pump is a form of solar energy. When the sun warms the air the heat is pulled from the air to the pump. Once the warm air is pulled into the pump, it is then enhanced and transferred into the water. Temperatures of 55 degrees and above will need to be required to properly function.
Electric heat pumps are known to extend the average pool use by 2-3 months (depending on your location and climate). Once you understand how the heat pump works, you can make a guess depending on your location, how many months out of the year you can lengthen your swim year.
Gas heaters will require the use of either propane or natural gas. Unlike electric heaters, gas pumps do not require a outside temperature above 55 degrees. Gas pool heaters burn fuel in a combustion chamber while the water runs through copper coils. Once the pool water is through the copper coils it will return into your pool warm.