Solar, heat pump and gas powered heaters - we have all the options to extend your pool season.
A properly heated pool allows you to get the most out of your investment. typically, ideal bathing temperatures are around 26-28 degrees which, in most parts of Australia, cannot be achieved without an external heating source.
Heaters can either be sized to extend the swimming season by a few months, or to allow the pool to be used all year round. The inclusion of either a pool blanket or a liquid blanket provides protection against heat loss and water evaporation, saving water, time and money.
There are many types of pool heaters, including solar, gas (natural or LPG) and heat pumps. The best system for your pool will depend on a number of factors including, how and when you wish to use your pool, your budget and the physical location of your house and pool. Your geographic location will also be a significant factor as weather and local energy sources and prices will have a large influence in the cost and performance of the system.
Gas heaters are the fastest way to heat your pool and spa allowing on demand heating for when you want to use your pool. Not dependant on the environment to generate heat means that gas heaters can allow year round swimming.
Heat pumps work like an air conditioner in reverse extracting heat from the air and transferring it into the pool or spa. They are energy efficient and depending on your location in Australia they can either be used to extend the pool season or for year round swimming.
Solar heating typically uses a temperature controller and booster pump to move water to tubes or panels located on the roof of the house where the sun heats the water before it is returned to the pool. Being dependant on the sun means that solar is typically used to extend the pool season rather than for year round swimming. It is also not generally suitable as the only heat source for spas due to the higher temperature required.
It is important to note that it is possible to combine different heating methods to allow a balance between performance and efficiency. For example, a gas heater can be combined with solar to compensate when the weather is poor or at night.
Spa heating requires a powered form of heating such as either gas or heat pump due to the higher temperature required. Depending on the set up and hydraulics of the pool it may be possible to use the same heater as for the pool or a dedicated heater may be necessary. If the same heater is to be used it needs to be sized to meet the requirements of the spa.
With any heating method you choose it’s important to speak with a pool professional to ensure that it is correctly sized for your requirements.