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Pool Heating Systems

Solar Pool Heaters

Frequently Asked Questions - Inground Pools

Why Heat My Pool?

You bought your pool for a number of reasons like family fun, exercise, entertaining and possibly even therapeutic reasons.  However you've probably found that without heating your pool it's often too cold to enjoy. Heating your pool will allow you to enjoy it all season, perhaps all year round, thereby increasing the return on your sizable investment. (return to questions)

Choosing the Right Type of Heating System

There are three basic types of pool heating systems: Solar, Electric Heat Pump, and Gas (Natural or Lp/Propane).  The best system for your pool is determined by numerous factors including your needs, desires, budget and physical layout of the pool and house. The answers to many of these questions are discussed in detail in the section Pool Heating Options & FAQ. (return to questions)

How Does Solar Work?

Solar Heaters utilize the sun's free heat and do not have an operating cost.  Your existing pool pump circulates the water through the heater, usually located on the roof, and warms the pool. The pump timer is set to operate during sunlight hours, usually 9am to 5pm.

An Automatic Control and Valve are sometimes used to regulate temperature, usually in northern climates.  Commercial pools and some larger residential pools may need a booster pump.

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How will Solar Perform?

Solar Pool Heaters are best for recreational pool use and are recommended for those who are comfortable with pool temperatures ranging from the mid 70's to the high 80's.  Solar works year round in southern climates such as Florida. In other climates the season is extended in addition to warming the water (see the Solar Insolation Chart to determine the potential swimming season  in your area).  There may be periods during inclement weather that the pool is too cool to use; however, several sunny days will bring the pool back to a comfortable temperature. Proper sizing is critical for good performance. If you desire a particular temperature regardless of the outside weather conditions or you must swim for therapy, consider a Heat Pump Pool Heater. If you only use the pool occasionally, or are only heating a hot tub, consider a Gas Pool Heater.

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