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Which Type Of Pool Heater Is For You? 

The type of pool heater that is best for you will depend on how you use your pool and its location.

 

 
 
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Published:  February 17, 2012
 
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Slide 1: Which Type Of Pool Heater Should You Choose? Having decided that you want a heater for your pool you then need to decide which type. The main types are gas, solar and electric (mainly heat pumps) but even within these there are a number of choices to be made. Gas Pool Heaters Gas heaters are still the most popular type and one of their key advantages is their greater capacity which enables them to heat the water more quickly than other types of heater. Units designed for above-ground pools (such as the Pentair MiniMax) are usually around 100k BTU whilst heaters for in-ground pools (such as the Jandy Lxi Pool Heater) will typically have models with a capacity ranging up to 400k BTU. A high powered heater will increase the water temperature quickly and is a good option if you only heat your pool occasionally. Gas heaters are produced to use either natural gas or LPG. Clearly natural gas would be the best choice if it is supplied on site or LPG might be a good option if you already store it for home heating. If there is no existing supply of gas it may be best to look at some other form of pool heater. Gas heaters are produced in both electronic ignition and millivolt models. Electronic models are micro processor controlled with electronic spark ignition like a modern boiler. Millivolt models use an older technology which uses a permanent pilot light and therefore is slightly less efficient. The heat from the pilot light is used to generate a small amount of electricity (about 500 millivolts - hence the name) which powers the controls. An electronic heater is the best choice unless you cannot get an electricity supply to it in which case a millivolt model will be required. The major negative with gas heaters, especially those using LPG, is that they can be costly to operate. Electric Pool Heaters You can buy direct electric heaters but these are low powered compared to other types and are only really appropriate for use with small aboveground pools. These days the electric heat pump is becoming and increasing popular choice (such as the Jandy Heat Pump). Heat pumps do not produce heat themselves rather they take heat from the surrounding air and transfer this to the water. This means that in terms of energy used to heat output they can be several hundred per cent efficient. As a result they are cheaper to run than gas heaters and are more environmentally friendly. In addition it is anticipated that they will have a longer useful life that gas models. Of course there are disadvantages to heat pumps. They are not as powerful as gas heaters and are best run continuously, to maintain the pool temperature. They also need a minimum air temperature of 45 degrees to work efficiently.
Slide 2: Solar Pool Heaters These work by pumping the water through solar panels which are designed to collect solar energy. Although each location is different, a good rule of thumb is that the area of solar collectors should be the same as the pool area. Solar heating will probably be more expensive to purchase and install than other types but should have a longer lifetime and be less costly to operate. In addition it is the most environmentally friendly way of heating your pool. The disadvantages here are that there are many more issues to consider and get right with a solar installation than with the other types of heater including solar resource, climate, local building code requirements, and safety issues. In particular you are dependent of the weather so you need to be sure that your pool will be useable for the period you require.

   
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