No one wants to or is willing to jump into a freezing cold swimming pool, which is why most pools tend to utilize some kind of heating system. When a heater gets installed in a pool, you are stretching the time that it can remain in use. However, there are a few things to consider before you decide that pool heating is the right avenue for you.
How does a Pool Heater Work?
Pool heaters use electricity but don’t actually generate heat. The pool pump will circulate the water in the swimming pool. The water from the pool is drawn out and then passed through a filter and the heater. The water heater pump has a fan that takes the outside air and uses that to circulate it through the outer evaporator air coil.
The coils then absorb the heat being pulled from the outside and it is then transformed into a gas. The warm gas then passes through the compressor, and this is where the heat for the pool comes from. It begins to warm up, and that warmer water is then circulated into the pool.
Pool Heating Options
There are several ways you can choose to heat your pool, though. The biggest consideration to make when determining which pool heater is best for you is going to come down to the costs involved including the operating costs.
The system we described above is one of the most common and is known as a Heat Pump Pool Heater. Since the heat comes from the air outside, it is obviously better to run the pump during the day at the warmest times.
This kind of system is also more easily accommodated and will operate efficiently and at minimal cost.
Solar heating is another option, but you will want to consider the initial upfront costs of installing the system. While this heating option is virtually free after installation aside from small maintenance costs, you must also consider those days that there is cloud cover or no sun to power the system.
As long as you choose a system that is cost efficient and highest rated Co-efficiency of Performance (COP) to maintain minimal cost for the measure of energy output for the heating system.