Gas Swimming Pool Heaters

If you and your family are ready for a backyard swimming pool there are decisions to make regarding various options you will encounter. Getting started with knowing the size and shape of your inground pool sets the guidelines for understanding material needs and the equipment you will need.

A main aspect to your pool is choosing the way you wish to heat your pool. We are not all geographically located in an area where temperatures and humidity remain high and sunshine is in abundance. Due to this fact, selecting a method to heat your swimming pool is of great importance. Heating your pool can help in extending your swimming season for you, your family and friends. There are 3 main types of pool heaters: heat pump, solar and gas heaters. Gas heaters are the least expensive to install and can be ran by natural gas that is piped in or; tanked propane gas. Gas/propane type pool heaters are the most popular and work quickly to heat your swimming pool waters to your desired temperature. Regardless of your outside temperature you get rapid heat up for your pool and or spa if required.

When selecting a gas heater as your heat source you will need to know the proper size needed to handle the size of your pool. Gas is rated by Btu (British thermal unit) output. Output ranges from 75,000 to 450,000 btu. So you may gather from this information they come in many sizes. It is best to be on the safe side and hire a trained professional to conduct a proper sizing analysis. The size of your gas heater is basically measured by the pool surface area and the difference between the pool and average air temperatures. As stated earlier, night temperatures, climate humidity levels and wind exposure to your pool area will have and impact on the type of heating system you choose. Therefore, must be factored in when determining the size of the system as well. For example, if wind speeds at the pool surface are minimal with moderate temps at night combined with an area of high humidity a smaller gas heating unit would satisfy your needs quite sufficiently.

There are gas heater units on the market that have up to 90% efficiency ratings. You can regulate and control the amount of gas utilization. These heaters are controlled by a thermostat, it also houses a pressure switch and is operated via an on and off switch. It is important to know that if you decide to heat your swimming pool with a gas heater it must be installed correctly and properly vented so as to avoid any potential hazards. These gas heaters have a gas valve and high limit switches built into its' safety circuitry.

In closing I would like to advise you of a couple of things. Even though solar energy used exclusively for heating a swimming pool is more eco friendly, there has been improvement in gas heaters. Currently on the market there are models of gas heaters there are environmentally safe as they meet the national air quality standards for low NOX (nitrogen oxide) emissions. Another way you can trim your costs in heating your swimming pool is through the use of a pool cover or going with a hybrid system utilizing both solar energy combined with your gas heat.