Do you want to get more use out of your swimming pool this winter? Luckily, there are a number of heating solutions available. We’ll go over a few of the ways that you can keep your swimming pool warmer over the winter months and see more fun from this investment.
1. Gas Heaters
Gas heaters use propane or natural gas to heat your pool. It doesn’t matter what the air temperature in Mississippi is for the day – the heater will heat the water using gas or propane. Gas heaters are more effective than heat pumps, but this comes at a cost. Gas heaters are less energy efficient and have high operational expenses.
2. Solar Blankets
Solar blankets are a simple solution to getting more use out of your inground swimming pool. Roughly 75% of heat loss is due to evaporation, so keeping a solar blanket on your pool prevents much of this loss. A solar blanket isn’t the most effective option during the winter, but it does extend the time you can use your pool by keeping the water warm at night and on cloudy days.
3. Solar Pool Heaters
Solar pool heaters are economically priced and efficient. In fact, solar heaters are the most cost-effective form of pool heating in many climates. Pool water is pumped through the filter and through the solar collectors, where it’s heated. It’s then returned to the pool. Solar heaters work best in warm, sunny climates and are great for keeping pools warm at night and on cloudy days.
4. Air-Source Heat Pump
Another option is an air-source heat pump. Heat pumps are popular because they are energy efficient and economical. Air-source heat pumps transfer heat from the air to your swimming pool. They are best for warmer climates, like here in Mississippi. Most air-source heat pumps shut down when the temperatures are around 55 degrees, though some can operate even in the 40s.
5. Water-Source Heat Pump
Water-source heat pumps utilize new technology, so people aren’t as familiar with them. They transfer heat from various water sources, such as lakes and ponds. Water-source heat pumps work well for temperatures that dip below the 50s. Unfortunately, these heat pumps do require a complex installation and long water lines. Once done, the heat pump requires minimal cost.
Want to learn more about extending the amount of time you can use your Mississippi inground swimming pool? Contact Paradise Pools today!