Advantages of having a pool heater
There are several advantages to having a pool heater for your home pool. Depending on the area you live in, your swimming season could be quite short, giving you only the hot summer months to really enjoy your pool. Even those in the sunny climates have cool nights to deal with, lowering the temperature of the water they’re swimming in to an almost unbearable level.
A pool heater can help keep the water at a comfortable level, so those cool nights don’t make it unusable. Those living in areas that have cool or cold springs, falls, and winters can also extend their swimming season, doubling or even tripling the time they can swim. They can go from a 3-month summer to 8-10 months of pool use, depending on where they live.
Another advantage of a pool heater is that it can be used for a few different things. They are good for in-ground and above-ground pools, so you can get the right one for the pool you have. Some models can handle any size of pool, so you can heat the water in even a larger pool whenever needed. You can also use these units for hot tubs or spas, making them even more versatile.
Pool heaters come in a variety of types as well, including solar, electric, and gas pool heaters. You can choose the best one to suit your home and yard. Most of these models are also energy-efficient, so it won’t cost you too much to keep your pool water at the perfect temperature.
Features to consider when choosing a pool heater
When choosing the best pool heater, there are a few features you may want to look for. This will ensure that you’re getting the right unit for your pool and location.
There are a few main types of pool heaters to choose from, each with its own benefits. The first is a solar heater for a pool. These can be dome-shaped models, like the Goplus Solar Dome Swimming Pool Heater, or a solar mat model, like the Flagman Shop Solar Mat Above Ground Swimming Pool Water Heater.
Both of these types use the heat of the sun to warm up the water passing through the heater. These units are the most environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient ones there are since they do not need to be plugged in and don’t use any type of fuel to power them. They are also quite cheap when compared to the other types of pool heaters out there. The downside for these units is that they take longer to heat the water than other pool heaters. They also need full sun to be most effective, so they don’t work well on cold or cloudy days.
The FibroPool FH055 is an electric pool heater. These heater types are easy to install, plugging into the nearest outlet. They are also reliable, heat your pool water quickly, and don’t take up a lot of space in your yard. An electric heater can even be used in all types of weather, so you can swim on a cool, cloudy day without freezing in cold water. The only issue with these types of heaters is that the longer you run them, the higher your energy bill is going to be, and the more you’ll be paying to swim in warm water.
Gas pool heaters can be used with either natural gas or propane, sometimes working with both with minimal conversion methods needed. These units are the most common type of pool heater since they are efficient in any climate, plus they are not restricted to a minimum outdoor temperature, so you can use them all year long. They heat the pool water faster than any other type of heater, which makes them a great choice for pools, spas, or hot tubs that aren’t used regularly.
Gas heaters are also energy-efficient, reliable, and fairly inexpensive, plus are environmentally-friendly. It’s best to get them professionally installed since you need to hook them up to a gas line. They also vary in cost to run, depending on the price of natural gas or propane and how often you run the unit.
Which pool types it’s recommended for
The type of pool these units are recommended for depends on the type of heater. Solar heaters take a while to heat the water and depend on the amount of sun that is actually hitting the heater, so they are best for smaller pools that don’t have too much water to heat up. They also work best on warmer days, maintaining the water’s temperature, so the less water there is running through the unit, the better it will work.
Electric heaters are also best for smaller pools. This isn’t because these units can’t handle the larger amounts of water, though. These heaters run on electricity, so they need to be plugged in and running on your home’s electrical system. Larger pools will need the unit to run longer to heat the water. You might also want to consider the pool heat pump for that reason. The longer the unit runs, the higher your utility bill is going to be. To save money, while still keeping your pool at a comfortable temperature, it is best to use these models for smaller pools, spas, or hot tubs. Warmer climates are also best for these units since they won’t require pool heating as often. Even if you decide to use it for a larger pool, make sure to get a proper cover for that to trap more heat. Also, don’t forget about the pool cover reel to make things easier.
Since gas heaters, such as the Pentair PacFab MasterTemp Propane Gas Heater, heat the water fast, plus are energy-efficient and relatively inexpensive to run, they can handle the larger pools or those that aren’t used too often.
As for the pool type, an above-ground pool needs a more powerful heater than an in-ground one, even if holds the same amount of water. This is because above-ground pools lose heat much faster through the top and the sides of the pool. In-ground pools also lose heat from the top but the sides don’t lose as much since they are insulated by the ground. So, be sure to check out the recommended pool size for the type of pool you have to be sure you’re getting the right amount of heat.
Dimensions and weight
The dimensions of the heating unit you choose are important since these heaters will be sitting outside near your pool. The larger they are, the more space they’ll take up, leaving less room to move around your pool. They will sit near the pump and filter system you already have installed for your pool, making that area a bit more cluttered, so be sure to place it as out of the way as possible. This way it won’t disrupt the use of your yard too much.
The weight of the unit will be an issue when you first install the heater since you’ll need to carry it to wherever you want to place it. The solar ones are quite light but the electric and gas models can weigh quite a few pounds, so choose where you want it before you pick it up.
The warranty on these models can vary from a few months to several years. The longer the warranty and the more it covers, the better protection you have if it should fail during your pool season. Another thing to consider is that some units, mainly the gas heaters, require professional installation for the warranty to be valid. If you choose to do it yourself, this could void the warranty. Then you’ll have to pay for repairs or replacement out of your own pocket, so check out the warranty before you start installing the unit.
There are a few other features to consider with the best pool heater. How easy it is to install is one. The faster it is to hook up, the sooner you can have it heating your pool and the sooner you can swim. What’s included is also something to look for. Some units come with all the connectors and hoses needed, while others need these items purchased separately.
If there is a control panel, it should be clear and easy to use. Any certifications for energy-efficiency or safety also give you some peace of mind when using your pool heater.