A Comprehensive Guide to Swimming Pool Heaters


There are a lot of things to consider when thinking about installing a swimming pool on your residential property. You will have to think about the placement of the swimming pool, whether to purchase an above-ground or in-ground swimming pool, the types of materials to be used in the construction of your pool, as well as its size and shape. There are other considerations too, including landscaping and swimming pool lighting. You also have to consider how to heat your new swimming pool.

The most popular and common swimming pool heaters on the market today are gas or propane swimming pool heaters which offer up to a 90 percent efficiency rating and help you stay in control of energy conservation.

Of course, a gas or propane pool heater must be connected to electrical power, so it is important to be sure that electric has been brought to the area in which you are placing the heater. If electric already exists, you want to be sure that it is compatible with a 3-prong 120 volt plug, which is usually the standard for gas pool heaters. The outlet should also be equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), which is an inexpensive electrical safety device, and if the outlet is exposed to the elements, a protective cover is also a must.

However, as with all electric work, whether you will be bringing in a new line or upgrading the existing electric for your pool heater, it is imperative that you hire a licensed professional electrical contractor to do the job.

Heat pumps are another popular swimming pool heater because they are affordable and easy to maintain.

Heat pumps take in natural air to heat the swimming pool, in much the same way that an air condition cools a home, but in reverse. These devices are known for incredible efficiency and allow a swimming pool to remain open in outdoor temperatures as low as 50 degrees.

A heat pump, or heat exchange system as they are often called, typically requires 220 volt AC power. Again, if no power exists in the desired location, or if your service needs to be upgraded hiring a licensed and insured electrical contractor is a must.

Another popular way to heat a swimming pool is by harnessing the power of the sun. Solar swimming pool heaters are becoming increasingly popular these days because they are the easiest to maintain.

A solar pool heater works with your pool’s water pump by taking water into the solar collector where it is warmed by the sun and then is sent back into the pool. While solar powered units may be more expensive than more conventional systems, they usually make up for the difference in energy savings within two years.

As mentioned above, all electric work should be done by a licensed electrical contractor. Whether you choose the professionals at Automated Equipment, serving Stanislaus and Merced counties, or you decide to hire another California electrical contractor, be sure that the electrical contractor that you hire has experience in swimming pool electric maintenance, service, and repair. Automated Equipment has been serving the needs of Turlock and the greater Modesto area for more than ten years. We specialize in swimming pool heater repair, installation, and all of your swimming pool and spa electrical needs.

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I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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