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Keeping The Heat On For A Winter Dip
JUMPING into a swimming pool may be the last thing on your mind this winter but it can be an inviting leisure option this season with a few little tricks of the trade.
With a range of items including solar covers and pool heaters, you can keep your pool warm enough for use throughout the cooler months of the year.
Manager of Pleasure Pools Kym Dickeson says there are three main options to heat your pool.
“First you have solar, then you have an electricity-run heat pump and then the gas heat pump,” he says.
“Solar is great for the summer, but only for around seven or so months of the year. For long-term heating, the electric pump heater is the most efficient, and you can get your pool to around 27 degrees.
“It takes around two days to heat the pool and once it’s done, you must keep a cover on it.”
For those wanting daily use of their pool for exercise and rehabilitation purposes, Mr Dickeson says electrical heaters are the way to go, but for people wanting short term heating, gas remains the best option. Installing an electrical heater can cost between $6000 and $10,000 compared with gas heaters which cost between $4500 and $5000.
“Gas heating on demand is a great option if you are having a party or are entertaining once or twice a month. In winter your pool stays around 14 degrees, so if you turn on the heater around 4am to 5am, by around 2 o’clock in the afternoon you should have a pool heated up to 28 degrees,” he says.
State general manager of Australian Outdoor Living Laurie Mallia says heating during the winter is a great way to make the most out of your pool.
“You can use your pool all year round. For such a great lifestyle item you can use it right through the year rather than the five or so months of warm weather over the summer period,” Mr Mallia says.
He says now is the best time to buy, with a range of different specials available and recommends a combination of solar and gas heating for more energy conscious consumers.
“From a climate perspective, solar is a great option in summer, but not so great in the winter. If you complement solar with a gas heater it won’t cost you too much in the long run,” he says.