Swimming in a warm pool feels wonderful. But it’s inevitable for the water to get cooler, especially when the temperatures get unbearably chilly. Regardless of the climate, swimming pool heating is a must for many pool owners. Most people, however, probably steer clear of heating your pool because it’s a luxury you cannot afford all year round.
Here’s the good news, though. You do not need to settle for only four or five months of pool use every year. With a few solutions to heat your pool, there’s no excuse for you to avoid ensuring pool water stays warm. In this blog post, we’ll not only tell you the benefits of heating your pool but also ways on how you can save when running the heater.
Pool Heating Benefits
Owning a pool has plenty of perks, but a pool heater can make it even more rewarding. Here’s why:
Extended Pool Season
Living in a tropical climate such as Perth does not guarantee that you can access your pool all year. A heater helps extend the amount of time you can enjoy the water since it will stay at the perfect temperature when you need it to. A heat pump or a pool heating system will transfer the warmth from the air to the water. Therefore, you have a heated pool without worrying about a significant increase in energy costs.
More Family Time
Optimise your family bonding by spending your time outdoors in the pool. Your family, especially the kids, will love swimming when the pool water feels comfortable, no matter the temperature. So, even during the winter break, there will never be a dull moment when you and your kids can jump into the pool.
It’s no secret that pools are a huge investment. Many homeowners build a pool to help increase the value and overall look of their property. But if you want to make the most out of your investment, a pool heater is one of the accessories you should purchase. Heating your pool allows you to use your pool for a longer time, which ensures that you enjoy the investment you made.
The popular belief centred on pool heaters is that they are not durable. You also have to spend a lot of time cleaning and maintaining the system. Very little care, including occasional servicing, will guarantee pool water temperature remains enjoyable.
Go Night Swimming
Have you ever wanted to go for a swim at night? Unfortunately, you find it’s freezing after dipping your toe in the water. If your pool is unheated, the temperature of the water fluctuates depending on the air temperature. You will not have this issue in a heated pool because the water temperature will stay static even when the air gets too cold. It comes in handy when you have a night-time event or if you enjoy an evening or early morning swim.
How to Save When Heating Your Pool
Pool heating is not cheap, but you can reduce your heating bills, and it works just like when heating your home. The solution is two-fold. First, you should consider the amount of energy required to heat the pool. Then, you should try to reduce heat loss. Less heat loss will allow your pool to stay warm without using a lot of energy. The temperature of the water will remain constant and comfortable after the beginning of the heat-up stage.
There are a few ways for heating your pool, including:
A heat pump uses electricity to take heat from the air and transfer it to the water. The process is not so complex. First, pool water passes through the filter while the heat pump gathers air and pulls it into itself. The heater’s coil is ready to absorb the heat using the liquid refrigerant, moving the heated air to the compressor. Heat is moved to the condenser with increased heat, thanks to the compressor. The condenser finally transfers the heat to the pool water.
Electric heaters are efficient in Perth because the temperatures are normally high. But on colder days, the process can take longer.
Gas heaters offer quick heating and are best for pools that are not in regular use. Unlike electric pool heaters, they do not rely on the outside air environment to heat your pool. Therefore, you get a heated pool in no time, even in cold weather.
Solar heaters are primarily made up of four components:
- Solar Collector: This device is where the pool water circulates, allowing it to be heated by the sun. Collectors can be made of unglazed material, which is suitable for areas that do not reach below the freezing point. Glazed collectors, on the other hand, are better for harsher climates. They come with an iron-tempered glass covering, which absorbs heat.
- Pump: This component circulates water from the collector and leads it back into the pool.
- Filter: It works like other filtration systems, removing debris from the water before it reaches the collector.
- Valve: This part is responsible for sending water through the system.
Some solar heaters are more advanced. They use automatic valves and sensors that check the water temperature in the collector and pool for you.
Each pool environment is unique, so how you use your system will depend on the savings you can get. The following tips are mainly universal in the scheme of things, so some may not apply to your pool. However, these methods can help save energy and the cost of running a pool heater:
1. Insulation is the Key
Rigid insulation is critical in letting you save energy, particularly if you insulate under and around the pool structure. The ambient temperature remains, regardless of where you are located. But this temperature is less than ideal (colder) for swimming. That’s why insulation is the first step towards reducing pool heating costs.
2. Consider the Surface Area
Smaller pools will, of course, heat quicker than larger ones. That’s why gas heaters are preferred for spas and small swimming pools. If you have a larger pool, it is better to choose electric heating. Solar, on the other hand, is great for both small and big pools. However, the catchment area or the location where you place the solar panels or collectors and the climate will tell you if solar is an appropriate choice. In WA, solar continues to grow and is certainly a good option for heating pools.
3. Know about the Climate
To determine which heater to select, find out the average temperature during the coldest month in your location. If you intend to swim during that time, it will help you figure out how long the extension you need for your swim season. The average temperature in your location and your ideal pool water temperature will tell you the size of the heater to buy.
4. Learn about the Cost to Run the Systems
Out of your options, solar does seem to be the cheapest. It does not rely on electricity or gas but on the sun’s energy, which it will use to heat your pool. Typically, there are added costs, but mostly when you’re running the solar pump. Electric heaters have also become quite affordable, while gas heaters are the most expensive. Gas depends on the price of gas in your location and the type of gas you will use.
Let’s Talk about Efficiency
As mentioned, small pools can be heated much quicker. Gas is costly, but it is suitable for smaller pools because it will heat it quickly. Medium to large pools can benefit from electric heaters. The whole process takes longer, but it is less expensive than gas. Solar is still the most energy-efficient method even though it has restrictions, including allowing only an increase of 6-10 degrees.
Always consult a pool professional to help you in making your decision regarding pool heating systems. If you’re thinking about repainting your pool, head to our Products page or choose the best colour for your pool here.