June 4th, 2017
Having a swimming pool in your backyard can turn those sticky and humid Ontario summer days in to relaxing and refreshing days full of family fun. But as we all know, the temperature in a Canadian summer can swing both ways multiple times throughout the season. This means that keeping your pool at an enjoyable temperature isn’t always easy. Solar blankets can only do so much to warm up the water and keep the heat in overnight, but if the temperature dips for more than a few days, most of that heat in the water is going to go away.
Installing a gas heater for your swimming pool is the best way to always have the perfect temperature in your pool, and lengthen your swimming season. There are a few things you will need to know if you want to add a gas heater to your pool. Here are the essentials:
The pool heater will need a direct line from your gas meter so that it doesn’t affect the flow to the other gas appliances in your home. Knowing how long the gas line will need to be, including any corners that you need to go around and any rises or drops in elevation, will help you get a more accurate price quote right from the start. Sometimes it’s best to bury the gas line depending on its location, but this is something that your professional gas fitter will be able to tell you once they see your yard and determine the best way to run the gas line. You’ll also need electrical service, so be sure to account for an electrician to install a new outlet if there is not one near the location of the pool.
Just like your home furnace, gas pool heaters are measured in BTUs. The higher the BTU rating, the more heat it will produce, and the faster it will be able to heat your pool. It’s generally best to go for a higher BTU rating for your pool heater, as this will mean that it won’t need to run as long to heat the pool, saving you costs in the long run. Smaller heaters need to work harder and longer to do the same job, which costs you more in fuel every summer.
If you use your pool a lot and intend to swim earlier and later in the season, when the temperature outside might not be as warm, then you’ll want to make sure that the heater you choose for your pool is a high-quality unit and has a top-notch efficiency rating. Buying a quality pool heater will ensure that it has a long life, and the more efficient the heater is the lower your operation costs will be.
If you’d like to make your pool a little less frigid this summer, and add a bit more length to the swimming season, then give us a call. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about installing a new pool heater, and our professional gas fitters will provide a free estimate for you.