4 Types of Swimming Pool Heaters
Let us turn up the heat on the range of swimming pool heaters. Is including one really worth it for your new Queensland or Northern NSW pool build? Let us help you consider your options!
So, you’ve taken the plunge (pun intended) and decided to install a new concrete swimming pool. Great choice – that’s the hard part done! But have you considered installing a system to heat or cool your swimming pool water? We’ve got some ‘hot’ tips (see what I did there?) on swimming pool heaters and taken care of the guess work, so that you get the most out of your swimming season – even extending your season by 6 to 8 weeks – don’t let your pool just sit there when there’s so many more memories to be made!
Considering the Different Types of Pool Heating
There are 4 main types of pool heaters to consider and each one has their own benefits depending on your location and how you plan to use your new concrete swimming pool.
Solar Pool Heating
Solar has come a long way since its beginning. To keep it simple – solar heaters work by taking water from your pool, the water is then circulated through a series of pipes or tubes on the roof that heat the water as it passes through, and the warm water is then returned to your pool. You can set a digital thermostat to your desired temperature and the system will automatically turn on and off. Solar heaters harvest the sun’s rays and heat your pool for free, so you save on energy bills in the long run.
However, there are a couple of key points to consider. Solar pool heating can be an expensive option to install. You are relying on good weather days to heat your pool and they can be slow at heating your swimming pool water as well.
Gas Pool Heating
Gas pool heating is the quickest way to heat your pool. Installation is relatively easy and they can run on natural gas. The same way your gas hot water service at home operates, a gas pool heater will use flames to heat your pool water. They are quiet in terms of operation and work great in any weather. They can heat your pool to incredible temperatures, making your pool water great for night-time swims and provide you the option to swim all year round – with little time needed to effectively heat your swimming pool. However, if you have seen your gas bill lately – we know that gas prices are increasing quicky. While it’s convenience, it could end up being a costly addition in the long term.
Electric Heat Pumps
Electric heat pumps are one of our most preferred! We explain why you should consider electric pool heating.
An electric heat pump is the most energy efficient way to consistently heat your new concrete swimming pool all year around. Here at Bali Pools, we recommend 3 different sized electric heat pumps from our friends at Sunlover Heating. The most popular in their range are the X13, X19 and X24. Your electrician will be able to guide you on the process of installing a separate circuit to accommodate your swimming pool heater. Electric heat pumps are strong and reliable and will heat your water quicker than solar.
Solar blankets or pool cover
We recently posted a blog on the benefits of swimming pool covers – here’s the link in case you missed it – The Hot Topic: Why A Swimming Pool Cover? (balipools.com.au)
If you are just wanting a basic option for heating your pool by a couple of degrees, or if you are wanting to get the most out of your swimming pool heater, consider installing a pool cover or solar blanket for your pool – pull the cover over the water at night-time to keep your pool warmer during the cooler months or roll it out on sunny days to help soak up the suns’ rays.
Who would have thought?
We know it might seem a little crazy, but depending on your location, you may need to consider the idea of cooling your pool water in summer – due to the humidity and our gorgeous Aussie sun, your pool water may become a little warmer than you like for those hot days we are blessed with – I mean, that’s why you installed your pool in the first place right? To cool off on those scorching summer days? If you like the idea of cooler water in summer and warmer water in winter, consider installing an inverter system on your swimming pool. They’re kind of like a split system air con unit. Helping to keep your pools water to the perfect temperature for you and your family for up to 8 months of the year.
And, yes, you can add a pool heater to any mineral pool system!
Ask us about adding a heater to your pool build
Here are Gold Coast’s multi award winning Bali Pools, we are always looking to add value to our customers new pool installations. Depending on where you are located, we recommend installing a pool heater and cooler, to get the most out of your swimming pool – and the more months you swim, the more memories you and your family can make. Get started and call our friendly team today on 07 5576 0900 for a free quote and ask us to include a heater on your new concrete swimming pool.