If you are living in a milder climate, where winter temperatures don’t drop below zero, and you are interested for whatever reason in heating your new swimming pool so that it can be used during fall and perhaps even during winter, or if you have built an indoor pool that you would like to continue using, you will need to invest in a good pool heater. Pool heaters are essential, even in warm climates, during the cooler winter months if you want to continue swimming.
While swimming during cooler months is not necessarily an enjoyable experience, if you swim in competitions or if you are using swimming as a primary means of exercise you may be willing to go ahead with swimming in heated swimming pools. I have not had such good experiences swimming in heated pools, though they do keep you warm when the air temperature around you drops, but I have to admit I did learn to swim during fall in a heated public swimming pool.
If you live in an area where you have ready access to gas, then the simplest way for you to heat your pool may well be by using a gas pool heater. Most gas pool heaters are installed outside, near your pool filter and they are specifically built so that exposure to the weather will not damage them in any way and they usually have a hood covering them.
It is not essential to install the heater close to the filter, but it usually is simpler just to have all of your pool accessories grouped together in one place for easy access. It does need to be placed on a level base, and it’s usually a good idea to build it up with bricks or concrete slabs or some other sturdy material.
Your pool pump will push the water through the heater and then the heater water will be pushed into the pool and circulated in this manner. Pool heaters generate quite a bit of heat, so you do need to make sure they are not in close proximity to anything combustible and make sure that small children or pets can’t come in contact with them while they’re on either.
If you choose to install your gas pool heater indoors, in a garage or other enclosed space, you must make sure that the heater is vented. Pool heaters should not be installed indoors without adequate vents installed at the same time. For this reason, many people simply choose the easier way of installing their pool heaters outdoors instead.
The additional cost of heating a pool during winter needs to be offset as much as possible, in order to both save energy and to save your money too! One of the best ways to both keep the heat in the pool and to enlist solar energy to heat up your pool more is by investing in solar swimming pool covers. These solar blankets are a great money saver, and you really shouldn’t consider heating your pool unless you use one of these as well. A word of caution though, take the cover off completely when swimming in your pool, and place it beside the pool.
Of course, it also goes without saying that you should turn the heater down very low if you are not planning on using it for some time or if you are going away. If you only plan on using it during fall, for example, but not during winter, then you could also turn it all the way off.