Once you own a swimming pool, you will find out how much fun you can have with your family and friends, and how easy it is to improve your fitness and health by daily swimming.
Just think about diving in refreshing clean water after a long, hot, summer work day; having your daily laps early in the morning before work, (which will improve your shape and health); playing with your children and teaching them how to swim; throwing night pool parties with your friends, etc. Isn´t that wonderful? No wonder that owning a swimming pool is the dream of millions of people the world over.
Nevertheless, those pleasures seem to have to stop when winter comes, as it is too cold to swim. Most people opt for closing and winterizing their pools till next summer.
But you don’t have to do the same.
You can actually warm up your swimming pool to a nice –just perfect to swim–8OC temperature, and be able to swim during the whole year. How? The swimming pool heaters
have been designed to provide this service. There are many models, sizes and prices, depending on the capacityof the heaters and the energy that powers them, (which can be electric, solar, propane or natural gas, or even oil).
The electric swimming pool heater is ideal for small to medium swimming pools (about 10,000 gallons). They are relatively easy to install, but you must call an electrician to estimate the right kind of heater you will need. He will consider the dimensions of the pool and its location, (outdoors or indoors) and ensure that your power supply has enough capacity. An easy way to calculate the required kW your pool needs is 1.5kW-2kW /1000 gallons (4.5m3). It may take about two days to bring the temperature up to the 8OC, but it is clean energy, without fumes, noises or emissions, and if you use the diverse saving programs that your Power grid company supplies, you may even be able to save extra money in your bill.If you want to save more, you can power your electric swimming pool heaters with clean, free solar energy
There are many models of solar energy powered combi boilers
to choose from. True, the cost of these solar swimming pool heaters is not cheap, it is an initial investment, but it will pay back soon, as there is no cost for its functioning. Nowadays, as people are becoming more aware of environment issues and wanting to know more about how to use cleaner renewable energies, they are findind out that solar power for homes
is their best alternative.
Most people install gas swimming pool heaters, as they are quite big and have the capacity of heating up your pool quite fast and efficiently. They can warm up your water to the desired temperature in only a couple of hours. Of course, they use a lot of gas to do so, but if you chose natural gas instead of Propane gas, it would not be as expensive. The only problem is the inevitable emissions to the atmosphere as you use fossil fuels to heat up your pool, but most modern combi boilers
are adjusted to minimize pollution.
A good tip to conserve the heat in your pool is to use a thermal cover during the night. It traps the heat inside and keeps the temperature constant.