Difference in Sources of Pool and Spa Heating
A swimming pool is a worthwhile investment because it can increase the market value of your home while creating a healthy, recreational area. Building a pool can be a considerable investment which will also involve on-going maintenance costs. Many people find that an unheated pool is simply too cold to swim in. You can realize a greater return on your investment by extending the swimming season with a pool heater. Factors such as location and climate, the desired pool temperature, pool size and your budget will determine the best type of pool and spa heating system. Options include:
Electric Heat Pump Heating: Electric heat pumps keep pool temps between 80 and 90 levels even if the outdoor temperatures dip into the 40s. Using the heat in the air to warm up your pool water, this option is efficient because the heat used is free. This type of heating uses the same principle as those used in refrigerators and air conditioning units, but with technology modified for pool and spa use. These units pull residual heat from the air and uses electricity only to transfer the warm air electric and not to produce heat. The heat pump is a more efficient and more economical way to heat your pool because it’s safe, trouble free and it’s considerably less expensive than using electric or gas pool heating systems. People who want to extend their swimming season to include most of the year find the electric heat pump to be their best choice. The initial costs for the heat pump unit can be higher than solar or gas heating units, but the installation costs are lower than solar heating and are comparable to gas heater installations.
Gas Heaters: Gas heaters can maintain your desired water temperature in practically any weather to extend your swimming season however they are more expensive to operate. They are great for a quick heat up of the water for short periods of time making them a good option for spa heating. Depending upon the size of the pool, the price range for a gas pool heater unit can cost less than the electric heat pump or more than the heat pump on the upper end of the scale. The installation costs for electric and gas pool and spa heating are comparable.
Solar Heating: As the name indicates, solar heaters use the sun to heat the pool but there are operating costs using these systems. The solar heating unit is typically attached to the roof of the home or building and the water circulates through it. The pool pump, which operates using electricity, must be running for the solar heater to operate, pumping the water up to the heater, adding to the electricity bill. Solar heat can be effective year round in sunny southern climates. They can also extend the swimming season when used in northern climates. However, periods of inclement weather and lack of sunshine will impact the ability for the unit to heat the water. Solar heaters are recommended for swimmers who are comfortable in pool temperatures of low to mid 80’s.
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