After your initial investment of your swimming pool and necessary safety barriers such as covers and fences, you may want to plan for a pool heater. While not linked to safety, swimming pool heaters are the single-most significant investment you’ll make in your existing pool. Why? Because it’s your best bet if you want to extend your swim season by hours per day and months per year. With a good heater, you’ll be able to greatly increase the potential of all the benefits you already derive from your swimming pool! Priced below the $1,000 mark, the following options are great ones to consider.
Mid-Range Heaters: Electric Options
One option for those wanting to benefit from the flexibility of an electric heater but not ready to spend more than $1,000 is the Ecosmart US Smart POOL 27. It’s not only easy to install, but it’s also simple to manage, allowing you to pretty much set it up and leave it alone. Adjusting water temperature is simple, and the price is right — between $500 and $1,000.
The Ecosmart will no doubt increase your comfort level in swimming anytime of the day and allow you to extend your swimming hours as well as your swimming season.
Bargain-Priced Heaters: Solar Options
The most inexpensive pool-heating option, by far, is in the form of solar heaters. This kind of heater is certainly the most energy efficient and cost effective, due to harnessing the sun’s power.
However, solar heaters also offer more limited heating capability, since they rely on surrounding temperature as well as other environmental factors more than other heating methods. They also take more time than other heating options to affect the water temperature.
One solar heating option is the SmartPool SunHeater, which runs just over $100 and can increase your pool water’s temperature by up to 10 or 15 degrees.
Another solar heating option designed specifically for in-ground rectangular pools is the Blue Wave Rectangular Solar Blanket. Measuring 16 by 32 feet, the Blue Wave’s 12 mil surface transforms the sun’s rays into heat, raising the water temperature approximately 15 degrees.
Priced at just over $100, this heater won’t offer as much benefit as pricier options, but it will be well worth the price.
Heaters with Potential: Electronic Heater Starter Systems
If you’re fairly certain you want to build up to a more significant heating system at some point, a starter system such as the Hayward H100ID1 H-Series might be the best fit for you. Putting out 100,000 BTU’s of power suitable for medium to large-sized swimming pools, this reliable heater provides quick access to reliable heat. Its outer cabinet remains cool to the touch to minimize injury to curious young swimmers. Burning natural gas, this unit will most likely save on energy costs versus a similar unit powered directly by electricity.
Like other Hayward models, you can easily adapt this H-series heater as you upgrade your system to a more robust one, such as the H400FDN.
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