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.
Heat Pump Pool Heaters
Heat pumps transfer heat from one location to another. When employed for use in a pool heater, a heat pump can be a very effective way to heat your pool’s water in an energy efficient manner. There are two types of heat pumps used for pool heaters, either an air-source heat pump or water-source. Both can heat your pool effectively.
Electric Resistance Pool Heaters
This type of pool heater is typically used in small pools, like a therapy pool, because of the way it heats the water. Using electricity, a component called a resistor, which resides inside the heater, warms water as it passes through. Resistors can lose heat quickly during the heat transfer process, which is why this type of pool heater is for small-sized pools.
Gas Pool Heaters
As you can guess from the name, this type of pool heater uses natural gas or propane to heat your pool. The gas is used to heat coils that reside inside the pool heater, and then water is passed over the coils and the heat from the coils transfers to the cooler water.
Solar Energy Pool Heaters
With this type of pool heater, your pool’s water is pumped into a solar panel, and the heat from the panel warms the water. Once the water inside the panel has reached a specific temperature, it is pumped back into your pool.