How Much Does It Cost to Heat a Pool?
When it comes to pool maintenance there are so many questions that pop into our heads, one top one is cost, which can manifest in many different ways. Unless you live in a tropical climate, one concern you will have to worry about is how much does it cost to heat a pool. Fortunately for us at Paradise Pools in Charleston, this can still be a concern but not as much as some of our northern neighbors. There are some fool proof ways to keep your heating costs down as well as help you figure out a good estimate on how much it might cost you.
How Much Does it Cost to Heat a Pool?
The first thing to cover is how much does it cost to heat a pool. This all depends on many factors. The first is where you live. If you live in a colder climate it could cost more to heat your pool if you let the temperature dip too low in it and try to use it during the winter. It is better then to have a pool season and then close it for the year. One other factor to when considering how much does it cost to heat a pool is the size of your pool, the smaller it is the less money it will be.
Now let’s move on how to keep your costs down, which is just as important. There are many tips and tricks on keeping your heat bill down. The easiest one would be to install a well fitting pool cover. One of the quickest ways for a pool to lose it’s heat is from the top layer of water. Blocking wind is also a good idea since wind can also drastically change the water temperature in your pool. While it may seem logical to run your pool heater continuously to maintain the pool temperature it is actually more efficient to run it only when you are going to need it. There are a few pool heater types to choose from. The most traditional being a gas heater. These are great when you want to heat your pool quickly and run off of natural gas or propane. A gas heater also has a thermostat which makes it easy to control. Another type of heater is a heat pump. These use the air to heat the water and run off of electricity. They run clean and are usually cheaper to maintain than gas heaters. One of the other big differences in heat pumps and gas heaters is how quickly they heat up the water. A heat pump will take longer to heat up your pool but can also add weeks of pool time onto your season since it can heat the water so efficiently with a smaller monthly bill. The last option for heating your pool is solar. Solar heaters use your existing pump and the heat from the sun to heat your pool. A good rule of thumb with solar heaters is to have at least half of the total size of your pool in solar panels. Meaning if you have a 20 foot pool you need to have 10 feet in solar panels. The only downside of solar panels is that you need to live in a predominately sunny area and the outside temperature needs to be warmer than the water temperature for it to heat correctly. Also, choosing this type of heater would also require you to get a solar blanket to help keep the water temperature warm.
We at Paradise Pools love helping our customers with any problem or concern that arises so we hope we have helped answer your question of how much does it cost to heat a pool. Be sure to contact our fantastic team to help with anything from new pools or spas to what are the best chemicals to use.
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