Climate Masters Blog: Archive for the ‘Pool Heaters’ Category

Does Your Pool Heater Need Repair?

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Our days are still warm enough to keep the water in your pool comfortable, but the evenings are just cool enough to warrant a little extra help. However, if you are just starting your pool heater again after a summer hiatus, then you may find that the heater needs repair. It is not advisable that you start digging around your pool heater on your own. Instead, call the experts who can resolve your repair issue: the pros from DB Heating & Cooling, Inc.

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What Are My Choices for Pool Heaters?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

It can be hard to imagine needing a pool heater at this time of year, but the official start to the fall season is just a month away. If you are a homeowner in St. Augustine, FL who enjoys using your pool year-round, then you know just how important having a reliable pool heater is. Wondering what your choices are? Below is a quick overview of the most common ones. The experts at Climate Masters can help you with all of your pool heater needs, from repair and annual maintenance to new installation and replacement.

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What to Consider Prior to a Pool Heater Installation

Friday, February 27th, 2015

It is no surprise that swimming is such a popular pastime in this part of the country. We are blessed with plenty of hot, sunny weather in which to bask in aquatic delights. However, you may find yourself closing up your pool a bit early, or climbing out before you are ready, when the cooler time of the year arrives. After all, even Florida is subject to chilly temperatures, if not snowfall and subzero nights like other parts of the country. You can get more enjoyment from your swimming pool, though, as well as more usable time with it, by using a pool heater. Should you require a pool heater installation in Fruit Cove, schedule service with the experts here at Climate Masters. We’ll make sure that your system lives up to your expectations and that it functions at optimal performance and efficiency levels.

Before rushing into a pool heater installation, anxious as you may be to have the job completed, it is important that you make a few important considerations. The first of these considerations is just how you plan on powering your pool heater. Generally, homeowners choose to use either a solar, gas, or electric pool heater. Each has its pros and cons. Solar pool heaters are a good option to consider around here, considering just how sunny most of our days are. They can be impeded by cloudy conditions that extend into the night, though, depriving the system of much direct sunlight. Natural gas is another great way in which to power a pool heater. Natural gas is quite efficient and clean-burning for a fossil fuel. However, it does require that you have access to a natural gas main. Electricity is more expensive to purchase than natural gas, but is readily available in just about any area. This makes an electric pool heater a convenient option for many homeowners.

Another factor to consider prior to your pool heating installation in Fruit Cove is just what size of heater you need. You don’t want a pool heater that is going to fail to sufficiently heat your pool, burning through energy and driving up usage costs in its struggle to do so. However, you also don’t want to drop money on a system that is just too big for your needs. When you schedule your pool heater installation with the technicians here at Climate Masters, You’ll have no such concerns. Call now to learn more.

Our team will make sure that your pool heater is of the right size for your home, that it is using the best fuel for your unique preferences, and that it is integrated into your pool with the utmost care.

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What Type of Fuel Is Used with Pool Heaters?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Pool heaters help you enjoy your pool year-round. As a homeowner, you have some choices about how to fuel your pool heater. It’s important to understand what your choices are so that you can make the best choice for you and your home. If you are looking to replace or upgrade your pool heater, a new pool heater installation in Ponte Vedra may offer you the opportunity to consider a new type of pool heater that may be a better fit for your home than your current one. Having expert experience at hand for your installation is an important part of the process, so call the people you can trust: Climate Masters.

Fuel Types

Here are the four main fuel types used with pool heaters:

Electric Resistance Heaters

As the name indicates, electric resistance pool heaters use electricity to heat the water in your pool. The way an electric resistance heater works is by heating an element called the resistor, which resides inside the heater. Water flows through the inside of the pool heater and is warmed by the resistor. The resistor can lose heat quickly during the transfer process, so electric resistance heaters are typically used for small pools, like therapy pools.

Solar Panels

Solar panels can be used to collect heat, which is how they can help heat your pool water. Pumps push the pool’s water into the solar panel where the water is heated; once it reaches a specific temperature, it is pumped back into your pool. It is recommended that you use a back-up system with a solar pool heater for cloudy days.

Gas Heaters

Gas heaters use natural gas or propane to heat the water. Inside a gas heater, a combustion chamber heats coils; the pool water passes over these coils and the heat from the coils transfers to pool water. Gas heaters have been widely-used, but gas can fluctuate in price, which can be of concern to some homeowners.

Heat Pumps

Heat pump pool heaters have become increasingly popular. Heat pumps heat by transferring heat from one location to another. An air-source or water-source heat pump can be used with a pool heater; using a small amount of electricity, these heat pumps transfer the heat they harness from either the air or the water and apply it to the pool water. However, the heating process can be slower using a heat pump than with a gas heater.

As you can see, you have a number of choices when it comes to installing a new pool heater at your Ponte Vedra home.

Need some help with your pool heater? Call Climate Masters today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Ways to Save Money with Pool Heater Installation

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

As we enter the cooler months of the year, you may be ready, or already have, turned on your pool heater. Pool heaters can be wonderful for you and your pool, but they do cost money to operate; if you are looking for some ways to reduce these costs while enjoying your pool through the winter, you may want to consider these suggestions from our Climate Masters technicians:

Choose a “Green” Pool Heater Type

There are a number of pool heaters that can effectively warm the water in your pool, but there are a couple of types that can do it using less energy. The first type is the heat pump pool heater. Heat pumps work by transferring heat from one location to another and they can do the same with the water from your pool. Heat pumps use no fossil fuels and very little electricity, making them very energy efficient. The second type of pool heater to consider is the solar pool heater. Using a solar hot water collector, this type of pool heater uses the heat from sunlight to warm your pool’s water.

Maintain a Set Low Temperature

While it would be nice to dive into 85 degree water all the time, you can probably be consistently comfortable at more moderate temperatures. Unlike your home’s thermostat, setting a lower temperature on your pool heater and leaving it there can help save on energy usage.

Use a Solar Blanket

Solar blankets, also known as pool blankets or solar pool covers can significantly reduce your pool’s evaporation while also helping to heat the pool water. In fact, the US Department of Energy states that solar blankets can help reduce pool heating costs anywhere from 50-70%.

Maintain Your Pool Heater

During annual maintenance, your pool heater will be cleaned, adjusted and lubricated as needed and tested for performance, keeping it in good working order.

Your pool heater installation in St. John’s County, FL should keep your pool’s water comfortable without breaking the bank. Need help with your pool heater? Call us today!

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Why Doesn’t My Pool Heater Provide Enough Heat?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Pool heaters are one of the best parts of having a pool in the first place. After all, a body of water as large as a swimming pool takes a very long time to heat up on its own, and is completely dependent on the day’s current climate. You spent all that money for a pool, so you probably want to use it whenever you feel like it, not just when it’s a hot day out. As such, it’s really horrible to jump into your pool expecting it to be heated, only to find that it’s absolutely freezing. Let’s examine what might be causing your pool heater to malfunction, so you can see about getting fixed as soon as possible.

Thermostat

As with almost every heating problem, the very first thing you want to do is check the thermostat. It may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many heating problems can be solved through simple thermostat adjustment. If everything is set correctly but still isn’t working, you may also have a malfunctioning thermostat.

Pump Blockage

In order for your pool heater to actually heat the water, it needs to pump it through the system and back out into the pool. Debris can often block the intake for the heater pump, restricting the water flow and reducing the amount of water it can heat. Be sure to check your pump intake and clear out anything that may be obstructing it.

Pilot Light

Just like most heating systems, a lot of pool heaters are gas-powered. This means they have a pilot light, and it can blow out just as easily as any home heating pilot light. Check to make sure that your pilot light is lit, if you have one. If it isn’t, you can either relight it yourself (if you know how) or have a professional do it for you. If you’ve relit your pilot light several times and it keeps blowing out, you may have some more serious issues.

If you’re having problems with your pool heater, contact Climate Masters. We conduct pool heater repairs throughout St. Augustine.

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A Quality Pool Heater is a Better Return on Your Investment

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Homeowners who have a pool on their property may continuously go back and forth on one question: should I install a pool heater as well? Of course, the answer to that question is not simple. You may be fine without a pool heater, as you are still able to use your pool on warmer days. But while you may not necessarily need a pool heater, wouldn’t it make your life at home a bit more relaxed?

Whether you use your pool to burn some calories or to have a little bit of fun with the family, you can benefit in many ways from a quality pool heater that allows you to utilize your pool all year round. Here’s how a high-performance heater can help your home.

Get More Out of Your Investment

When you first invested in your pool, you envisioned yourself and your family getting a lot of use out of it over the years. However, you may have come to discover that in the cooler months, nobody really has the urge to splash around in the pool. Even in the warmer months, the water can feel a tad too cool. And yet, you still spend money to clean and maintain your unused pool. You purchased a pool for your family’s enjoyment, and a pool heater is the best way to get the most out of this investment. A pool heater can also increase the property value of your home when it comes time to sell.

Choose Professionals for Installation

You should keep in mind, however, that professional installation is a must when it comes to pool heater installation. Pool heaters come in a variety of different models and sizes and must be properly sized by a technician according to your pool and climate. Furthermore, a technician can help you decide how you’d like to power your new appliance. You may be able to choose from gas-powered units, high-efficiency electric pool heaters, or heat pump pool heaters, which move heat from out of the air and into your pool and use very little electricity to do so.

For the safest and fastest professional pool heater installation in Ponte Vedra, call the experts at Climate Masters today!

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A Few Considerations before Installing a Pool Heater

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

What’s the point of investing in a swimming pool if you cannot enjoy it throughout the year? Choosing to install a pool heater is the first step in making the most out of your home’s swimming pool, but there are a few things to consider before calling a contractor for installation. To speak with experts about pool heaters in St. Augustine, call the friendly technicians at Climate Masters.

Choose an Efficient System for Greater Energy Savings

One important consideration you should make involves cost, and not only the cost of installation. An inefficient pool heater can cost you so much in monthly fees that you may end up using it quite sparingly, defeating the purpose of installing a heater in the first place. Ask your technician about different types of pool heaters: electric, gas-powered, and heat pumps. A heat pump pool heater is one of the most efficient ways to heat up a pool or even the air in your home because it simply moves heat from one place to the next instead of creating heat.

You Need Professionals to Size and Install Your System

Be sure to select professional installers with experience before hiring a company for installation. Pool heater installation is not a job for someone without the proper expertise. A heater that is too small will not get the job done, while a heater that is too large will cost you every month on your energy bills. With faulty installation, you may notice inadequate heating or a system that breaks down often.

Maintenance is Key to Efficiency and Performance

Finally, you should remember that owning a pool heater or any mechanical device means there is always a possibility for sudden breakdowns. Be sure to follow any steps of maintenance as instructed by the technician, and schedule maintenance with a skilled contractor every year. A thorough cleaning and inspection can keep your unit in top shape and reduce the standard wear and tear that develops throughout the years.

For maintenance, repairs, and installation, call Climate Masters. We offer a variety of pool heaters in St. Augustine to suit your particular sizing and efficiency needs.

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