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Swimming Pool Heating: Which Should You Choose?

When you are planning out your new pool it is important to consider which type of pool heating system is going to work best for you. There are a number of different types of heating systems, all with their own advantages and disadvantages.  

Below will consider three of the main pool heating options available on the market. We have collated their advantages and disadvantages to help you decide which one suits you best.  

1. Solar Pool Heating  

Solar pool heating has quickly become the most popular choose of pool heating systems within Melbourne, as well as being the most cost-effective option. It takes advantage of natural energy from the sun to heat your pool. Therefore, it saves you on your household bills compared to other heating options.  

Solar pool heating works best in areas that receive an abundance of sunshine, as the solar will work best when receiving constant sunlight.  

2. Electric Pool Heating  

Heat pumps are another popular heating solution within Melbourne households. Electric heat pumps reuse the energy from the air to heat your pool, therefore are a relatively cost-effective heating solution.  

Depending on the location of your pool, electric heating can be more effective than solar heating. It does not rely on the sun or air temperature to be able to heat your pool. Electric pumps often heat more quickly than solar heating systems.  

However, compared to solar heat pumps, electric heat pumps are more expensive to run. It may also have a smaller impact on the temperature of your pool, so may not be as comfortable to swim in all year round. However, electric heat pumps have the advantage of being able to run even in the winter months with minimal impact from the outside weather.  

3. Gas Pool Heating  

Gas pool heating is the most expensive option to heat your pool out of these three options. However, it may be more effective as it does not rely on the sun or the temperature of the air to heat your pool. A gas pool heater has the ability to maintain your pool’s temperature all year round.  

Gas pool heating has quickly become a favoured heating solution for heating spa water. It is often used for people that are utilising the spa to help with treatment of muscular injuries and require the water to be at a relaxing temperature. If you have a spa or are planning to get one, gas heating may be the best option for you.  

Gas heating is also the quickest heating solution, ideal for when you quickly want your pool warmed up.  

Gas pool heaters, however, are costly to run. They are often used as a secondary heating solution when the solar heating is not producing enough sun to warm the pool.  

Each heating solution has both advantages and disadvantages that are important to consider when deciding which one is right for you.

A few key things to consider include: 

  • The average air temperature? 
  • The amount of sunshine that your pool receives? 
  • How often will your pool be used? 
  • Whether you want to utilise your pool all year round? 
  • What purpose is your pool being used for (swimming, relaxation)? 

Still need some help deciding? Talk to one of our pool heating specialists today! 

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