3 Ways To Heat Your Outdoor Swimming Pool

Do you have an outdoor pool that you would like to use during the fall or winter? Having a swimming pool can be a lot of fun, but if you live in a colder climate, you may only get to experience that fun a few months out of the year. One way to enjoy it year-round is to install a heater. That will keep the pool water at a comfortable temperature, even if the outside air is frigid. There are a few types of heaters and each has its own benefits and costs. Here are three of the most common types of pool heaters:

Solar heaters. As the name suggests, these heaters have solar panels connected to a water collection system. When you want to heat the pool, water is transferred from the pool into the collection tank. The heater uses power from the solar panels to heat the water and then the water is returned to the pool. This process goes on continuously until the pool reaches the targeted temperature. 

The benefit to a solar heater is that you won't have to pay for any gas or electrical costs. It's also environmentally friendly. However, if the sky is cloudy, you may not get enough sunlight to sufficiently heat the water. Also, if you have a large pool, it could take a long time for the water to heat up.

Electric heaters. These types of heaters are commonly used for hot tubs, but less so for full-sized swimming pools. They're popular because they don't require much upfront investment and they don't require a tank. In fact, you can put the heater inside your home and simply connect it to your pool with wiring.

However, an electric pool heater requires a lot of power to run effectively. This is especially true if you have a large pool. You could see a serious increase in your power bill if you're running an electric pool heater on a regular basis.

Propane heaters. Many pool owners opt for a propane system to keep their pool warm. You'll need to install a large propane tank and a heating system, which could require some upfront investment. You'll also need to purchase propane to fill the tank. However, once the tank is filled, there shouldn't be any ongoing costs until it's time to fill the tank again.

The benefit of a propane system is that it can heat your pool quickly, and usually cost-effectively. You can also use the system to power other outdoor elements, such as your grill or a gas-powered fire pit.

For more information, contact Caledon Propane Inc. or a similar company.