What kinds of pool heating are there?

11 August 2010

The principles involved in solar pool heating are very simply illustrated. Imagine a garden hose that has been lying in the sun for hours. When you turn on the tap, out comes hot water. That’s solar heating: the sun’s energy has been absorbed by the hose and transmitted as heat to the water inside it. The hose acts as a solar collector.

Q. What kinds of pool heating are there?

A.  There are three basic types of pool heating systems. They include solar, gas and heat pumps.

Why choose solar?

Solar heating is popular because the energy to heat the water is free. You can harness the power of the sun to extend your swimming season.


TIP: Solar pool heating harnesses the sun’s power and extends your swimming season.


The lowdown on gas pool heating
Gas pool heating is a quick, efficient and easy way to heat your pool to a comfortable temperature when it’s needed.

Gas heaters use natural or propane fuel. The gas is burned in a combustion chamber where the heat is transferred to the pool water. In a typical gas heater, water flows through one port, picks up heat from the heat exchanger in the heater, and exits another port on the way back to the pool. Gas heaters can either be connected to natural gas or require a storage tank for propane gas.

TIP: Gas pool heating is a quick, efficient and easy way to create a comfortable swim when it’s needed.

Heat pump evolution
Heat Pumps are the latest advancement in swimming pool heating. Heat pumps are an energy efficient way to heat your swimming pool or spa. A heat pump is built to heat your pool economically 24 hours a day, maintaining your desired pool water temperature.

Heat pumps work by extracting heat energy from the surrounding air and transferring the heat energy to the water of the swimming pool. It works like a reversed air conditioner, using an evaporator, a compressor, and condenser to heat water instead of cooling air.

Which is best for your pool? There are many factors to consider, including your requirements, budget, location, tariffs, operation and physical layout of your premises. Each system can be installed when your pool is being built or added later and they are compatible with most types of recirculation systems.

Unsure whether to go for gas, solar or heat pump heating options? Talk to your local Swimart store about finding a pool heating solution that’s right for your pool or spa. We are always here to support your heating needs, One of the many  benefits of dealing with a bricks and mortar business!

TIP:  Heat pumps work like a reversed air conditioner, drawing heat from the air to heat your pool.

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