In our last article, we touched on the role that pool heaters have to play in your pool’s energy efficiency. In this installment of our series, we’ll take a closer look at different types of pool heaters as well as another piece of smart pool equipment you can add to your backyard oasis to save on energy costs. No matter how careful you are about keeping your pool clean and circulating the water (Part 1), running your pump at night (Part 2), and checking to see if your pool heater is at peak performance level (Part 3), you may still be throwing money down the drain due to an inefficient heater.
Choose a Heater that’s Energy Efficient
Electric resistance and gas heaters are some of the least energy efficient choices out there on the market. Though they are popular choices due to their dependability and ability to quickly raise your pool water’s temperature, they’re not going to be helpful for keeping your monthly pool energy costs down. Heating your pool with a gas heater could cost more than a couple hundred dollars a month. An electric resistance heater would be even more costly! Thankfully, there are some other good options available.
A solar heater could do the job if you live in an area that gets plenty of sunlight. Or you could go with a pool heat pump, which would still cost significantly less than a gas or electric resistance heater. For maximum performance at low cost, you could choose to combine these two options. You could end up paying half of what you would expect to pay with a gas heater.
Set Your Pool Pump & Heater on Automatic Timers
If you stay busy with work, running kids to and from activities, and social events, you know how hard it can be to get home at the right time to run your pool system. If you accidentally forget or aren’t able to run the system, you can waste energy having to run it longer later.
Thankfully, there’s an easy solution to this common problem. Just add an automatic timer to your pool system. With an automatic timer for both your pool heater and pool pump, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you don’t have to rush home to run your pool equipment. You can get an automatic timer that’s based on either a time schedule or water temperature. Some timers incorporate both of these factors.
If you set an automatic timer, it will run at the right time or when the pool water needs to be heated. You don’t have to be home to check anything or switch anything on. Keeping the pump running regularly to circulate the water will also reduce your energy costs.
Getting an energy efficient pool heater and setting up your pool pump and heating systems on an automatic timer are two key steps toward lowering the monthly energy costs associated with owning a pool. In our last installment of this series of articles, we’ll take a look at the role which heat loss can play in driving up your pool energy costs and what you can do to prevent it. We’ll also explore the benefits of using a cartridge pool filter.
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