Enjoying warm water in your pool will prolong the usability of it and you make it more enjoyable. Having a swimming pool in the UK if it is indoor or outdoor can take an extremely long time to heat naturally if ever and let’s be honest there is nothing worse than a cold swimming pool when relaxing.
A swimming pool heater is normally installed at the last step in the process. Once the filter has cleaned the water and the pump has pushed the water on the heater then sets to work making the water your desired temperature.
There are three main types of swimming pool heaters available and they all have different pros and cons. Below we are going to look at the three types of swimming pool heaters and the benefits of each one.
Gas Pool Heaters
Gas pool heaters are the most popular option around the globe. The reason for this is the gas flame heats water quickly and comparably can be efficient in comparison with other types of pool heaters. With most gas boilers being run from the mains gas supply, speaking to your gas board it will be relatively easy to get set up. We always recommend using a qualified and certified gas fitter and not fitting this yourself. If you are in the UK speak to the team at Pool Part Mart who will be happy to recommend gas safe engineers experienced in fitting gas powered swimming pool heaters. Although most heaters are powered by natural gas you can get propane operated pool heaters if needs be. In exceptionally gold areas the gas heater can be expensive with high running costs trying to keep the water at a warm temperature.
There are three types of gas heater available on the market, below we have ordered them in the most commonly used:
Coil Gas Heaters- This type of swimming pool heater is referred to as the flash heater, for quick warming power.
Convection Heaters – This type is more commonly used for small swimming pools and spas. It has a single flame that heats the water as it passes in the slow-moving tube.
Tank Heater – Tank heaters work very similarly to your domestic heater. Keep a large tank of hot water and pushing it through to the pool or spa area when needed.
- Next Up the Heat Pump/ Electric Pool Heater
This type of heater is powered by electricity heating a coil that then warms the water in the tank. The downsides to this type of swimming pool heater is it can be a relatively slow process. Electric swimming pool heaters cost more than their gas counterpart but do have lower running costs. So, it can be argued that the initial investment will be outweighed by the electric bill. In their bid to be more cost-effective they do work best in warmer climates operating well when the air temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Solar Powered Swimming Pool Heaters
As the world turns greener this option is rising in popularity. The initial outlay is rather expensive costing on average 3-4K the operating costs are minimal, and they are proven to last up to 20 years. Solar power does require a decent level of exposure to the sun so consider this option if you can have solar panels on your roof or in a south facing position.
At Pool Part Mart we have a range of swimming pool heaters and our team of engineers are on hand to help you work out exactly what you need for your pool. We are always happy to discuss the options with you an recommend the best option for you.