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Enjoy winters with heated swimming pool

Gone are the days when usage of swimming pool was confined to only summer. Now with the latest heating systems, one can make use of the pool during cold days too


By Vivek Mishra


People are looking to bring in the five elements into balance and make it a blissful experience that is not only beautiful to look at and wonderful to spend time in, but actually has a positive effect on the health and well-being of the inhabitants.

If we talk about water bodies in our home, instantly swimming pools come to our mind. But generally swimming or pools are related to summers, in winters either they remain dry or are cleaned once a while. Due to this many people consider pools more as a liability rather than an asset. But things have changed, gone are the days when usage of swimming pool was confined to only summer. Now one can make use of the swimming pool throughout the year. Financially also, this makes sense, whole year you are paying pool maintenance cost, so why shouldn’t the benefits of the pool availed in winters also.

All this is made possible by the latest heating systems.There are three basic types of pool heating systems- solar pool heaters, heat pump pool heaters and gas pool heaters. The best system for your pool is determined by numerous factors including your needs, desires, budget and physical layout of the pool and house.

Solar pool heater

Solarpool heaters are best for recreational pool use and are recommended for those who are comfortable with pool temperatures ranging from the low to mid 80’s. Solar works year round in southern climates, and extends the season in northern climates. There may be periods during inclement weather that the pool is too cool to use; however, several sunny days will bring the pool back to a comfortable temperature. Proper sizing is critical for good performance.

Heat pump pool heaters

For those who enjoy swimming regardless of the weather, a heat pump is the recommended method. It is also the preferred method for therapy or athletic trainers, and also when a home is not “solar feasible” (i.e. solar will not fit on roof.) A heat pump, when properly sized, can maintain any desired pool temperature between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, regardless of outside weather conditions. A heat pump will work when the outside air temperature is above 45 degreesfahrenheit.


Gas pool heaters

Gas is best for heating pools for short periods of time. Gas pool heaters are effective, but expensive to operate. They are ideal for quickly heating the pool when guests or children are visiting or for a second home where the pool is not heated on a regular basis. Gas Heaters are generally over-sized and can easily maintain any desired temperature regardless of the weather. It is also an ideal heater or backup heater for a spa.

The heating systems are easy to maintain. The cost of installation for heat pumps is around Rs.4.53 lakh and of heaters is Rs.1.49 lakh. There is no major maintenance cost involved. Electricity consumption is also quiet low.

Each pool and home is unique.  The size of the pool heater is based on several factors, including:  the size and shape of the pool; pool shading (i.e. trees, screen enclosure); geographic location; swimming season and pool temperature desired; windy conditions; and for solar, the direction of the roof (south, east, west or flat). The size of the heater will determine the temperature, swimming season, and length of time to heat the pool. It is very important to properly size the heater for good performance.

Keep in mind that a thermal pool cover is recommended for all heating systems. Heating a pool without a cover is like heating a house without a roof. The heat just goes right out the top. Without a pool cover, the cost of operating a heat pump or gas heater is doubled, and a solar heater’s effectiveness is dramatically decreased. For convenience a cover roller may be added to ease placement and removal of the cover.  If a pool cover is not be used, the size of the heater must be increased by 100 per cent.


(The author is MD and technical head, Premium Pools)


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