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Shopping for a Great Pool Heating System

Jun 2, 2008
Nothing can swell a person's pride in their home more than the opening day of pool season. Swimming pools are becoming more desirable than ever. In fact, owning and maintaining a swimming pool is almost as popular as being a "lawn guy." Pool season is short, but with the right pool heating system you can extend the season by a few months and get the most mileage out of your swimming pool.

When you're in the market for a pool heater, you'll find many options. You need to decide what type of fuel you'll use, know what size heater you need, and determine what style of heater you want. Energy efficiency and maximum temperature rise are two other factors you must consider when shopping for a pool heater. Make sure you have a good idea of what you need before you make any purchases.

Many pool heating units use natural gas or propane. With fuel costs rising daily, it's wise to invest in a high-efficiency heater so that heating a swimming pool is less costly. Spend a little more on the heater and you'll likely get much greater energy efficiency. The advantages of a pool heating system fueled by natural gas or propane are rapid heating ability and a more regulated, constant temperature.

Electric pool heaters provide comfortable temperatures without the need for fuel. They are easy to use and don't require much maintenance. Unfortunately, they don't heat a pool as quickly as systems fueled by natural gas or propane.

Solar pool heaters also are a great option. Solar pool heaters work by moving the water through panels that are naturally heated by the sun. The existing pump works to move water through the panels and back into the pool. These panels are a highly efficient way to keep a pleasant temperature. Using the power of the sun as a heating source can nearly double the length of your pool season.

You may find that a combination of a gas-fueled pool heating system augmented by a solar system is the best option. The solar pool heater will help keep energy costs down, while the gas-fueled heater will provide the rapid heating and constant temperature that you desire. Shop around to see what works best for you and be sure to ask questions about various systems.

With such a wide variety of sizes available, be sure that you purchase a heating system that is the right size for your pool. You wouldn't want to come home to hook up a heater that can't handle your pool's dimensions. Read every information label carefully so you avoid the hassle of returning the heater. Make sure that you get the right style of heater, as well. If you have an in-ground pool, then you'll need that specific type of heater. The same goes for above ground pools and their heaters.

Whether the heating system you use is gas-fueled, electric or solar-powered, your family and guests will love the comfort your pool provides. By keeping a constant temperature during the peak season, your pool will be the hit of the neighborhood. You'll be able to swim until it's nearly winter in water temperatures that rival the greatest beach resorts in the world.
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Learn more about pool heating and solar pool heaters from Sunshine Solar Technologies or contact Shane Hester at WebFirstCreations for unique blog marketing programs.
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