Which pool heating system should you choose?

Whether you are building a new swimming pool for your home or modifying an existing construction, you can't ignore the issue of pool heating. You might think that if the air temperature is warm, then your pool water will be equally warm, but that is rarely the case. Even if the surface of the water feels warm, the deep water below the surface will be considerably cooler. Even at the height of summer, it's unlikely that any unheated pool will be warm enough to comfortably swim in, and since you will probably want to enjoy your pool for most of the year, then heating becomes essential. When considering pool heating systems, there are at least three main types that you could think about installing.

Gas Pool Heating

Gas heating is one of the most effective ways of heating your pool. Gas heating has the ability to heat your pool water quickly and to maintain the temperature at any level you wish. Gas heating should let you bring a pool to a reasonable temperature in less than an hour. Factors you will want to bear in mind before opting for gas pool heating are the ongoing cost of the heating and the environmental impact of using gas. Gas heating often works out to be the most expensive method of pool heating, and some homeowners prefer to use alternative heating methods that do not rely on fossil fuels.

Electric Pump Pool Heating

Heat pumps are a popular choice with pool owners since they are comparatively cost-effective to run. They rely on collecting the heat in the air and using a heat exchanger to transfer it to your swimming pool. The main disadvantage of heat pumps is that they use electricity to run, and therefore they do cost money to keep on, operating them also has environmental implications since using electricity will increase carbon emissions.

Solar Pool Heating

In Australia, solar pool heating is the most popular option. By using the natural energy from the sun, you can heat your pool economically and without great recourse to fossil fuels. Solar heating is capable of heating your pool and maintaining the desired temperature, but the disadvantages of this approach are that it is the slowest method of heating your pool. Solar heating will only be really effective in areas that already enjoy large amounts of sunshine.

If you aren't sure which pool heating technique is right for you, then discuss it with your local supplier who will know what works well where you live.