A pool heater can set you back anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. There are also the ongoing charges for running the heater to take into consideration such as the cost of electricity or gas.
On the other hand,there are many benefits to heating your pool. So is the cost of having a heated pool worth the investment in the long run?
While the option of installing a pool heater is largely up to personal preference,there are some factors that can help you decide whether it is will provide you with value for money or not.
1. Climatic Conditions
If you live in a colder climate where swimming is a less than pleasant experience even in the warmer months,then a pool heater is definitely a good investment. However,if you live in a more temperate climate where cooler waters are a benefit to cool down in summer,a water heater may not be essential unless you want to swim in the colder months.
The location of your swimming pool in your yard is another important factor to take into consideration. If your pool gets full sunlight for most of the day,it is more than likely that the water will be warmer than if it is located in a shady area. Should you be considering installing a pool,the location and amount of sunlight that it will get should be taken into account.
3. Getting Greater Value From Your Pool
Most swimming pools only get used during the summer months and in warmer climates,late Spring or early Fall. If you are only using your swimming pool for 2 to 4 months of the year,it is not providing you with great value keeping in mind that cost of keeping it clean and sparkling. Installing a water heater can provide you with the opportunity to enjoy the water all year round meaning that you are getting far greater value from your pool than you would without the pool heater.
4. Personal Preference
Some people simply don’t mind a dip in icy-cold pool water whereas others prefer to swim in warmer waters. It is recommended to take a swim in your pool a couple of times to test which temperature is preferable. If you like the cold water,then a water heater is probably not necessary but if you find yourself avoiding the pool because the water is too cold,a pool heater is a good investment.
The way in which you mean to use your swimming pool should also be considered. If it is primarily for enjoyment,entertainment or to cool down in the summer,then a water heater isn’t essential although it can extend your pleasure all year round. However,if you use your pool for training or sport,it is advisable to install a heater so that you can use your pool throughout the year.
Once you have decided that a pool heater will add value,the next important consideration is the type of product that will best suit your needs.