There’s a certain temperature below which it isn’t safe to swim, and that temperature is surprisingly high. Air can’t pull heat away from your body the way water can, and so when the outside temperature is around 50 degrees or below it can really start to make things unsafe. Fortunately, a pool heating system can make your backyard swimming hole safe to use even as winter starts its approach.
Figure Out What You Need
There are a wide variety of swimming pool heating systems out there, and which one is right for you depends a lot on where you live, how cold it can get, how much you want to extend your pool season, and how much you’re willing to pay in up-front and energy bill costs.
For instance, if you live in Florida you won’t need much of a heater at all. Although it can get chilly at night, especially in the north during winter, you can get by with a smaller heater in order to keep your pool comfortable all year round. Meanwhile, someone living in Arizona will need a decent swimming pool heating system thanks to how cold it gets in the desert at night.
Find The Right Type
There are several different ways you can heat your pool, and they all come with different advantages and disadvantages:
- Electric heaters are inexpensive to purchase, but they aren’t your most efficient or powerful option and they may cost a lot more after you include all your power bills.
- Gas heaters are probably the most powerful option, and they can heat a large pool in a hurry, but all those high temperatures can do a number on the heater’s internals and result in higher maintenance costs.
- Solar heaters have the highest installation cost, but they also have the lowest operating cost since it collects all the energy it uses straight from the sun. However, you’re also at the mercy of the sun when it comes to how much energy you get, so if you want to keep your pool warm during overcast days and throughout the night it might be a good idea to add a second pool heater for when a solar heater isn’t enough.
Lake swimming and public pools may close when it starts to get chilly, but that doesn’t mean your backyard pool has to. A good pool heater can extend your swimming season by entire months, and in some cases, it can keep your in-ground pool open for swimming every day of the year.