Heating Your Swimming Pool

a swimming pool and the solar panels which heat it are seen from an aerial view above the house

Even in sunny Australia, you'll still need to artificially heat your pool for most of the year. Read our article below to learn more about the various types of heating systems available so you can make an informed decision on which type is best for your needs.

Gas Heating for Smaller Pools

Gas heaters are most commonly used in small swimming pools and spas as running them for a high-volume pool would use a considerable amount of power. The gas heater itself is very affordable which makes them a great entry level heating device, and they achieve fast results in comparison to some other heaters so they?re convenient if you don't use your pool too often.

Solar Pool Heating: The Environmentally Friendly Option

This is, understandably, a popular pool heating method in Australia. Once the solar tubes are installed, there are very little operating costs and virtually no maintenance required. Solar systems don't need much sunshine to work so they are effective in all but the coldest weather.

To heat your pool with solar power, you'll install solar collector panels or tubes on the roof of your home which the pool water runs through before being returned to the pool. In this way, the water is heated directly by the sun an energy efficient option, perfect for homes in sunny Sydney.

Solar Pool Covers to Effectively Contain Heat

A solar pool cover is an inexpensive yet effective way of warming your swimming pool. The initial outlay is minimal and, after careful installation, there are zero operating costs. As long as the cover is over the pool, it will absorb sunlight and use the inbuilt insulation to trap heat in the water.

There are a number of other benefits to using this system, including minimising evaporation to reduce water waste and slowing the depletion of chemicals. A properly installed solar swimming pool cover can increase the temperature of your water by up to 8 degrees through an entirely passive process.

Electric Heat Pumps for Warm Climates

These systems work by pulling air into the pump, running it over a compressor and then sending it to the base of the pool to heat up the water. This means that they can maintain a constant temperature in your pool no matter what the weather is like and can reach warmer temperatures than other types of heater.

These heat pump units last around 10 years in comparison to 5 for a gas heater. Unlike solar panels or solar covers, they don?t need sun to operate. However, they do take some time to initially heat the water so you?ll need to plan ahead when using your pool out of season.

For more help on choosing the right heater for your pool, call Maple Pools now on (02) 9604 6644 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.