In Australia, our typical swimming season ranges from October to March in most areas. For most, swimming in the pool outside these warmer months is seldom without a heater. The ideal temperature for swimming in a residential pool is between 24 and 28 degrees - not too hot nor too cold. But, maintaining a warm temperature like this, especially throughout the cooler months, is near impossible without a heater. So, which pool heating system is right for you?
A pool heat pump takes heat from the air and transfers it to your pool. They are extremely energy-efficient, and while they are commonly used in warmer, more humid climates, there are other factors to consider that could make them an effective heating solution in other environments and situations.
A gas pool heater burns gas to heat water for your pool or spa, making it the ideal pool heating solution if you have low-cost access to natural gas or propane or if you live in a location with high electricity costs. The key advantages of gas heating are quicker warm-up times and solid performance regardless of weather conditions.
A solar pool heating system involves pumping pool water through a series of tubes mounted on the roof of a building. The sun then heats the circulating water, returning it to the pool at a higher temperature until the pool reaches the desired level.
- Little to no consumption costs
- Environmentally friendly
- High purchase price
- Can realistically only be used in summer and requires good weather
- Additional space is needed to place solar collectors on the roof of a building
- Can be considered an eyesore
In any case, a pool heating system will allow you to spend more time in the pool. We recommend consulting a pool professional to find the right heating system for your pool and lifestyle.