Do you find yourself missing your swimming pool in the winter months? Dreaming of taking a soothing dip or throwing a pool party despite the cold?
Keeping your pool warm and ready to be used year-round is not as complicated as it may seem. As a Vancouver swimming pool contractor, Trasolini Pools has a few reliable methods that will get your pool ready to be used all year. Thankfully there are multiple ways to do this that fit every lifestyle.
The 5 best ways to heat a swimming pool according to a Vancouver swimming pool contractor
1. Natural Gas Heater
Although there are plenty of options for heating your pool. a natural gas heater is high on the list for convenience and consistency. These machines are inexpensive to purchase and are regulated with a thermostat which means consistent temperatures in any weather.
The water is pulled through heated copper coils that work quickly to turn your water from frigid to pleasant in chilly winter weather. They are perfect for the busy Vancouverites who want their pools heated to perfect temperatures in no time.
The downside to this is that, although convenient and quick, natural gas heaters are the least cost-effective option on the market, spiking monthly household electricity costs. The gas-burning emissions also make the machine less eco-friendly and will need to be replaced every five years.
2. Solar-powered heater
Looking to play a positive role in helping the environment? With the demand for environmentally friendly options increasing, we are seeing more pool owners interested in solar energy. A solar heater is a great option for those who want to lower their Hydro bill and reduce their carbon footprint.
This method, however, is not made for quick return on investment. and depending on the size of your pool, it can take up to a few days to get to the perfect temperature and stay there. There is no thermostat mechanism, so the pool temperature may not stay as consistent as a gas heater or heat pumps. However, In collaboration with a heating pump, proper maintenance, and a pool cover, solar power heating can be a very reliable method that can minimize electricity costs over time. After installation, there are no monthly expenses attached to running a solar-powered heater. So for the savvy pool owner, this sun-soaking solution may be the best way to keep you swimming all year.
3. Solar blankets
A solar blanket works well as both a pool cover – which is necessary for pool owners – and as an energy-efficient way to heat your pool. Solar blankets, like solar heaters, use the power of the sun to heat the water underneath it. The blanket uses trapped heat from the already warm water to keep the water at the perfect temperature for a swim-ready experience.
4. Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are one of the most popular methods and a staple in year-round regular pool maintenance. And for good reason! They are very environmentally friendly, durable and cost-effective. making them a great option for using your swimming pool in the winter.
Like how solar uses the sun, heat pumps pull heat from the air and store it, then heat your pool water as it passes through the pump. They are more cost-effective than gas options and in collaboration with solar panels, can be a very efficient, cost-effective option in keeping your water warm through the cooler months.
5. Pool heat exchanger
Looking for the quickest way to heat your pool? A pool heat exchanger is ideal for pool owners on the go!
Pool heat exchangers use electricity to heat a titanium mechanism that delivers heat to the water flowing through it. This solution will have your pool hitting peak temperatures in just a day. They do not rely on outside temperatures to regulate them and can be the perfect solution for winter use. When not being used in your pool, heat exchangers can deliver heat to the rest of your house as well, making them a multi-purpose appliance that may make your winter swims that much more pleasant.
However, like gas natural gas heaters, pool heat exchangers can run up your electricity bills when used often.
Looking for other ways to enjoy your pool in the winter months? Click here for more tips on how to make the most of your pool this season.