Heating The Pool In The Winter

Costs, Benefits and Drawbacks of Heating The Pool

 

Many pool owners are happy during the summer, when a swim will help you beat the heat. However, owning a pool in winter can be a hassle without a heater. If you are undecided on what sort of heating system to use for your pool in the winter, here is a comparison of your options.

 

Solar heaters

Solar heating harnesses the sun to get a pool as warm as 80 degrees, but not much higher.

 

Costs

Solar kit: $1,000 – $4,800
Installation: $500 – $2,500
Annual costs: $30 – $75

 

Benefits

+ Inexpensive
+ Environmentally friendly
+ May qualify you for a tax credit

 

Drawbacks

– Require some solar energy know-how and regular adjustment
– Unreliable in areas with little sun
– Will not get pools as warm as other heating options

 

Heat pumps

Heat pumps maintain constant pool temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees. If solar heating is out of the question, but you want a heated pool most of the day, use a heat pump.

 

Costs

Heat pump: $2,400 – $4,600
Installation: $350 – $950
Ongoing costs: $250 – $500

 

Benefits

+ Very safe and easy to use
+ Can function throughout the year in any climate

 

Drawbacks

– Can be noisy
– May freeze if unit temperature drops below 45 degrees

 

Gas heaters

A gas heater quickly warms a pool to 90 degrees or higher. This is idea for a pool that is used once or twice a day, or only when guests come over.

 

Costs

Gas heater: $875 – $5400
Installation: $350 – $850
Annual cost: $1,000 – $1,500 for propane (about half with natural gas)

 

Benefits

+ Easy to use and maintain in any climate
+ Quick heating at higher levels than other heating options

 

Drawbacks

– Extremely expensive if used continuously
– Can be unsafe for children to operate

 

Whichever heating option you choose, you should have a pool cover. A cover will keep out falling debris and will let people know if the pool is available for use or not. Choose the heating option that is right for you based on budget, safety issues and climate. Guardian Fence can help you set up your pool heating system and answer questions about pool maintenance as well.