As a pool owner, you probably want to make the most of that giant body of water in your yard. It’s seems like such a waste of space and energy throughout those cold winter months. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There are now a number of energy efficient solutions to warm a pool and make it useable all year round. Here are some of best options on the market today that’ll help to heat your pool without using a traditional, energy draining, pool heater.
- Solar cover. A solar cover is a very simple and affordable mode of heating your pool. All you have to do is pull the solar cover over your pool surface and secure it. In the daytime they soak up the sun’s rays and heat up dramatically, while at nighttime they retain that heat so you’ll notice a pretty big jump in temperature. Make sure you invest in a solar reel to help reel the cover in, as they can be heavy and difficult to move otherwise. Solar sun rings work on the same principle as the solar cover but tend to be smaller circular pads that rest on the pools surface.
- Solar heater. In sunny places, the solar heater is a fantastic, cost effective way of heating your pool. They can be the most cost effective way to raise the temperature of your swimming pool, but obviously rely on regular sunlight to do so. They can be installed in a number of places: the roof, side of the pool, or wherever attracts the most sunlight. Solar heaters can increase your pool’s water temperature by up to 20 degrees. It’s worth consulting someone like the BlueRidge Company when it comes to installing this kind of technology.
- Gas heater. The gas heater is definitely one of the most effective ways to heat your pool, but is also the least energy efficient way. It’ll cost you between $200 to $300 to operate per month, so it’s worth considering other options first. They use propane or natural gas to generate heat so they don’t need the sun or air and therefore definitely make a marked difference. The gas heating method usually has the shortest lifespan of all pool heating technology, so it would need to be switched out about every five years or so.
- Air source heat pump. This method is becoming increasingly popular today with our modern energy-saving mindset. Air source heat pumps are extremely energy efficient as they simply transfer the air into energy to heat your pool. It’ll cost you less to operate because of this. These pumps usually switch off when the air temperature outside goes lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s not the best for colder climates.
- Water source heat pump. These are the lesser known of all the pool heating methods as they work with the latest technology. They transfer the heat from other water bodies, such as lakes, well,s or ponds, and work best in colder climates. They are very energy efficient.