Efficient Ways to Heat Up Your Swimming Pool
Swimming in the summer months is the best way to beat the heat. Even in cooler temperatures, taking a dip in the pool can still be enjoyable. By heating your pool, you can extend its use well into September and beyond. There are a few ways to go about heating it – some more price efficient than others. Join us as we dive deep into the most efficient ways to heat your pool so that you can get the most out of it this season.
Consider a Heat Pump
If you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint, try a heat pump. Heat pumps are divided into two sections: air source and ground source. They gather warmth from either the air or the ground. Heat pumps require electricity, although they generally provide 3.5 to 4.5 more heat to the water than the power they consume.
This is a pricey option, as you must also factor in installation costs. You can expect to pay between $500 to $,1500 for air source, while monthly costs are about $100, to $200. Ground sources are even more expensive, as an area must be dug out for it to be placed.
Explore Solar Heating
Solar heating is one of the most cost-effective ways to heat your pool. Moreover, solar heat remains one of the most environmentally friendly as well. Essentially, the pool water is directed through valves to your solar collectors. Then, water enters the connectors and rises to the top through individual tubes. As the water rises, it’s heated naturally by the sun, then returned to the pool. The price of installation is between $2,500 and $4000.
Opt for Solar Blankets
Solar blankets are large blankets that you place over the top of the pool. They rest on the water and collect heat from the sun that they then transfer to the water. They are simple to use, however, they can be cumbersome. Before swimming, you must take it out, roll it up, and put it away.
Afterward, you must lay it back down on the water again. While it might be cumbersome, it works. A study from 2016 measured the effectiveness of solar blankets and concluded that they are 95% efficient.
Shielding Your Pool from the Wind
Wind creates ripples on the surface of the water, which increases the evaporation of heat. In other words, if the pool water is still, its water surface is equal to its physical parameters. When the wind comes and creates waves and ripples, this expands the surface area, which increases losses of evaporation. To avoid wind or other things messing up your pool’s water, make sure to keep the surrounding area clean of debris.
Bring the Heat to Your Luxury Pool with Shoreline Pools
Heating your pool can offer you more opportunities to swim in the colder seasons. However, it is important to make a well-informed decision, so you don’t unnecessarily spend money. If you have any pool-related questions, Shoreline Pools is here to help. Call (203) 357-1544 to schedule an appointment today!