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When embarking on a pool project, you’ll need to decide on the heating method you want installed. This is important in ensuring your water is kept at the optimum temperature to enhance your swimming experience. When choosing a type of pool heater, you will need to consider a number of factors, such as the running costs, the size of your pool and environmental impact, to get the heater that best meets your needs. To help, we have put together an overview on the most common heating methods, so you can understand the different options.

Air source heat pump

An air source heat pump uses electricity to extract heat from the outside air, whatever the weather. It then distributes the heat into your pool’s water. Whilst it can be slower to heat the water than a gas or oil boiler, it is one of the most popular heating options due to its green credentials. As well as minimising the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, heat pumps also extract more energy than they consume, making them an economical way to heat your pool.

Gas or oil boiler

Gas and oil boilers provide a quick and reliable method of heating your pool. They are installed in a pool plant room, with the water drawn from the pool passing directly through the boiler or linking to an additional external heat exchanger. The water is heated and then returned to the pool. The area of the equipment that comes into contact with the water will need to withstand any chemicals used in your pool. This method can have higher running costs, however it is often the preferred option for heating large swimming pools due to its overall effectiveness.

Solar heating

If you’re looking to heat your pool using renewable energy, solar panels are a great solution. Heat is collected from the panels and transferred to your swimming pool using a heat exchanger. Whilst you can opt for an entirely solar thermal system, this is risky in the British climate as the panels are reliant on the sun. To ensure your pool never gets cold, you can combine solar panels with a different heating method. You might find that solar panels are costly at the outset, however, they could prove to be more cost effective in the long-term. They are also a natural heating source, making them better for the planet.

Whatever you decide, it is worth noting that most heat loss from your water is from surface evaporation, so you’ll also need the right type of pool cover to help minimise this when your pool isn’t being used. Find out more about the different pool covers in this blog.

To ensure your pool heating equipment is installed correctly, get in touch with our team who can do this for you.

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