Electric Above Ground Pool Heaters
When the summer begins to fade, and leaves begin to fall, most home-owners start covering up their open-air
swimming pools before the chilly frost sets in. With no shelter or awning, coupled with plummeting temperatures,
one really can't enjoy the fun and exercise a swimming pool allows – particularly when the water seems colder than
the very air around you.
It does seem a shame that open-air pools can't be enjoyed year-round, especially as the pool no doubt cost you a
reasonable amount of money in the first place. The good news is, you can still reap the rewards of your pool
regardless of the season – the answer comes in the form of electric above ground pool heaters.
Electric above ground pool heaters are the most dependable for year-round use, primarily because they utilize a
pump and air compression system. Air is sucked in through the heater and warmed during the compression process.
This in turn heats up the water that flows through the machine. The result is a consistent water-temperature which
can be increased or decreased as personal preference dictates. Many models benefit from the additions of adjustable
thermostats, and a limiter which stops the unit heating above the required temperature. The addition of the latter
feature also ensures you never use more energy than required for heating your pool, a great characteristic for
those keeping tabs on their energy bills.
Solar pool heaters are the eco-friendly version of the electric models, and while they do a fantastic job of
converting U.V energy into generated electricity, the limitations include lower reliability during winter months.
This is because there is less sun-light during the day and solar heaters simply do not absorb enough during these
dark months. Similarly a solar heater only has limited ability in terms of water heating, with a range of 4-9
degrees being the maximum. This is really only useful during the summer when pool water has already been slightly
heated by the sun. Increased temperatures may be realized when use of a solar heater is coupled with a solar cover,
however you aren't guaranteed that you'll be able to achieve these temperatures on over-cast days.
Gas heaters suffer similar problems influenced by weather. Sufficient cold or frosty spells can actually clog or
block the pipes leading from the gas cannisters to the heater. You may also experience ignition problems (as with
cars) in freezing weather.
Pool heaters of the electric variety are considerably more powerful than solar, mainly due to the consistent
power-supply supporting operation. Most models fall into the “plug and play” capacity, offering instantaneous
heating capability. Even “single phase” heaters warm up pretty quickly. Unlike the gas heaters, the electrical
models do not need to wait for a fuel to be ignited – immediately cutting down on the “warming up” time. Safety is
a consideration too. Gas bottles (although checked) can become eroded by the changes in summer-to-winter
temperature leading to cracking and potential leaks. Of course this is relatively rare, as most owners store their
gas cannisters in outhouses or garages.
You will no doubt be aware of the rising costs of fuels during winter months, a time when most of us have the
central heating on full. Have you ever compared your gas and electricity bills? If you're from an average family
household, you'll probably notice the cost of gas far exceeds that for electricity usage. The same applies to
the gas used for pool heaters. Bottled propane isn't very cheap, and can become costly when a pool is used
regularly. Electricity on the other hand can be calculated by unit. If you were to run a 3 kW pool heater every day
for an entire summer, you'd end up spending about 30-40% less, than if you “forked out” for gas on a regular
Electric above ground pool heaters have many fringe benefits – not least that they can be used all year round.
Those with children may also consider electric models the safer option, simply because there is no likelihood of
noxious gases being emitted into the environment the children play in. For affordable, consistent pool heating –
electric above ground pool heaters really are the way to go.