Electric pool heater information and compare pool equipment, gas vs. electric water heater for safety and ultra clean technology.
Hate swimming in cold water? Do you want to swim earlier and later in the season? So why would you want a pool heater? That seems like a silly question, doesn't it? Maybe even swim into October or, in some places, November. Does that sound crazy? This guide will show you how you can accomplish that, and more, starting with an electric pool heater!!
Electric swimming pool heaters are similar to a hot water tank for your home. The water is warmed by emitting an electrical current to the heater coils. As the water passes over the coils, it becomes warm, and that warm water goes into the pool. Pretty easy, right? Now your family and friends can swim earlier and later during the swimming season, even on those not-so-warm days!! You may not need a pool water heater, but a good electric swimming pool heater may be helpful in getting the most out of your pool.
Today, electric swimming pool heaters are very well made and should last a long time. They have quality components, are very functional, and have wonderful safety functions. Some very popular models are the Raypak pool heaters. As compared to a propane pool heater, solar swimming pool heaters, wood pool heater, or natural gas pool heaters, using an electric swimming pool heater is a slow process. Some may say that because of the cost of electricity in parts of the country, an electric heater may be a poor choice. Hold on now!! Let's take a closer look at this.
An electric pool heater is a great option if you cannot get propane and natural gas. Or maybe propane/gas simply won't work for your pool or situation. Electric pool heaters will increase your utility cost, but they are a dependable way to heat a pool. I've seen them used for both home and commercial pools. If you're considering an electric heater, here are some things to consider:
Try to get an electric pool heater that is corrosion free, copper and bronze-not aluminum.
Your pool heater should give you years of trouble free service. Quality and safety is a must!! Some electric pool heaters have a pressure switch to stop heating without water flow, a temperature control to prevent overheating, and a good thermostat. How about automatic shut-off if it accidentally tips over? You can get it!!
Should plug into standard inlet, be compact, and have convenient outlets.
Should last for at least 2-5 years with full replacement.
Makes life much easier with simple digital button and controls.
Quality Titanium Heat Exchanger offers years of reliability.
This is in case the water stops flowing. You're electric swimming pool heater will stop heating.
Quality workmanship should last for years and hold up to bad weather.
This one is pretty easy. For a normal rectangle pool, about 14 x 30 or less, you’ll probably need an 80,000 BTU electric swimming pool heater or larger. For a larger pool, about 18 x 36 or over, you’ll need a 100,000 BTU unit or larger. It’s better to go just a hair bigger because you’ll want a slight “buffer” if the temperature suddenly dips down a few degrees.
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If you’re looking for the best pool heater (above ground swimming pool heater) and your pool is less than 22 ft., you could use an 80,000 BTU unit. For round pools wider than 30 feet, a, electric pool heater with at least 100,000 BTU is recommended. If you have a solar cover, which I recommend, you can use the same size heater up to 30 ft. around. Any pools larger than 30 ft. and you may want to consider a 100,000 BTU electric pool heater unit, or larger. Using a solar cover saves on chemicals, helps keep down water evaporation, heats the pool even faster, and saves on swimming pool maintenance.
And now for everyone's favorite part, the pros and cons of an electric pool heater!!
When you’re serious about looking around at the many electric swimming pool heaters available, you may want to ask these questions:
Remember to never sign anything until you're sure that THIS is the one you want and it's right for your pool.
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