What Are The Different Forms Of Heating A Swimming Pool?
Choosing the kind of pool heater that best suits your needs can be tricky. Your choice will depend upon the size and type of pool you have, and whether it is an indoor or outdoor installation. Before making a firm choice, it is highly recommended that you speak to an experienced specialist. With that said, here is a brief guide to the different kinds of heating systems available for pools and spas.
Electric heat pump: this type of heating system works rather like a domestic air conditioning unit, only in reverse. Instead of drawing warm air and expelling it, it draws heat from the air and transfers it to your pool water. The beauty of this type of heater is that it can extract a useful amount of heat from the air even when the temperature is as low as 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit.
They have other advantages, too. They can be considerably cheaper to operate than a gas heating system (see below). They can also deliver heat at night and during inclement weather, and therefore offer more consistent performance than a solar heating system (see below). In addition, they offer better recovery performance than solar systems since they can infuse heat into a pool at a faster rate.
Gas heaters: this type of heating system must be installed by a qualified gas engineer and in accordance with any relevant safety regulations. These will cover aspects of the installation such as positioning, gas supply and ventilation. The big advantage of these type of heaters is their superior flexibility and controllability.
Your pool or spa can be heated to any temperature you like and kept there very consistently with a gas heater. This is a major attraction for people who need a spa for therapeutic purposes. The potential downside with this type of heater is the cost. With the prices of natural and propane gas increasing, running one of these units can get expensive.
Solar heaters: as well as being eco-friendly, the prospect of heating your pool purely from the sun's rays is an attractive one. This is a very long-standing, proven technology and very low-maintenance compared with other systems. A solar system is also very economical to run, although the initial installation costs can be high.
A solar heat system makes an excellent choice for those living in areas with abundant sunshine. One never need to turn the system off or worry about settings. The downside is that it won't provide the same level of controllability as a gas or heat pump system. It can however still make for an excellent secondary system for those living in areas with less a less consistent supply of sunlight.
Heating swimming pools and spas makes the whole experience of using them considerably more pleasurable. It also extends the length of time each year that outdoor pools can be used. There really is nothing to compare with the sheer luxury of having your own swimming environment. The right kind of heater will give you hours of delicious, relaxing pool time whatever the weather.