One of the most important components in residential inground pools is the heating system. With the right heating, a pool can be used during fall and winter months. However, like all electrical pool equipment, a heating system could put a strain on your budget if not handled efficiently. Therefore, certain things must be taken into consideration when you have a heating system installed.
Conserve Your Heat
During weeks when the pool is not in use, the heater should be shut off, and only turned on the day before pool use commences. Though things can vary according to the starting temperature of the water, most pools take 24 hours to heat. Between uses of the pool, a solar cover could help you reduce the loss of heat.
Choose an Efficient Heater
The efficiency of a heater can largely depend on its mechanisms. Heaters with LO-NOx burners offer some of the greatest fuel efficiency, as do draft burners, which suck air into the heating system for warmer combustion. When it comes to millivolt heaters, it's best to get a model with an electric starter, otherwise they burn gas continuously.
Adjust to Outdoor Temperatures
Another way to save energy is to only use the heater when the pool water drops below a certain temperature. Most swimmers are perfectly comfortable in pools when the water is at least 78 degrees, regardless of whether the outdoor temperature is in the 45-55-degree range. Therefore, 78 degrees could be the line at which to consider whether heating is even necessary.
Custom Pools has provided heating options for Minneapolis pool owners for more than 40 years. To learn more about our pool equipment, as well as our heating, renovation, and repair services for inground pools, visit our website or storefront, or call us at (952) 641-7191.