Choosing the right swimming pool heating for your pool will help make your water more comfortable to swim in and will also extend the swimming season of your outdoor pool, a particularly significant consideration for pool owners in the UK! If you also combine an efficient swimming pool heater with one of our pool buildings you have a pool you can feasibly use all year round and you'll also benefit from lower running costs, less demand for swimming pool chemicals and reduced cleaning and maintenance costs. Choosing the right type of swimming pool heater can provide you with a swimming pool you'll be able to use regardless of what the UK weather throws at it.
There are a number of different choices available with a pool heater, namely an electric pool heater, gas boilers, oil boilers or heat pumps. Choosing between each type of swimming pool heating system will be dependent on the size of your pool and your particular expectations on running costs and initial investment. Our trained, helpful and knowledgeable staff are always available to help you make the right choice and we are always happy to discuss your individual requirements. We also provide free advice on which swimming pool heating system is going to be the best fit for your particular needs so if you're unsure don't hesitate to call our sales team on 02920 705059.
Electric swimming pool heaters are the cheapest to buy and as such can be appealing to purchase but they tend to end up being the most expensive to run. You can, however, improve the running costs of an electric swimming pool heater by utilising the benefits of an economy 7 supply tariff and/or by the addition of photovoltaic solar panels.
A very popular choice of swimming pool heaters, gas pool heaters (otherwise known as gas boilers) are a great way to heat your swimming pool all year round and are available for indoor and outdoor pools. These pool heaters must be installed by a registered gas safe engineer in accordance with the appropriate regulations. These include the size and position of the flue, the gas supply and ventilation. Some gas heaters are designed to stand outside a building in the open air and in this case there is no flue but the heaters positioning is important and again must be in accordance with regulations. All Swim supply both direct fired swimming pool gas heaters as well as condensing gas heaters.
Oil boilers are another option and have long been used to heat swimming pool water but nowadays are less common in residential applications, none the less they are still a very efficient method of heating your swimming pool. They are designed identically to gas heaters, except they burn oil instead of gas. As with a gas boiler the flue and ventilation requirements are critical. Care must be taken when siting the boiler to ensure that flues do not terminate close to windows, boundaries etc. Additionally these stand alone pool boilers will require connection to an oil supply if existing or a dedicated oil tank.
This system is very popular when you already have a domestic heating boiler available that can act as the feed for a standalone heat exchanger. It proves a very effective and economical method of heating your swimming pool as no additional swimming boiler is required - providing your domestic household energy source is sufficient, they utilise this heating system to transfer the heat to your pool water when not required by the house. The hot water from the house boiler circulates between the heater shell and the tubes; the pool water flows through the tubes and is heated by them (the two waters do not mix) the water from the house heating comes through pipes, which are connected to the heat exchanger and the pool water thermostat controls the pool temperature.
One of the main advantages of swimming pool heat pumps is their low running costs combined with ease of installation with no complicated gas supply, oil tanks or flues required. All that is required for them to operate is a power supply and a concrete plinth for the unit to be installed on. It is no surprise that they are such a popular choice!
Heat pumps are based on technology used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems where they take the warmth out of the air, by compressing a gas which in turn increases in temperature heating the water as it passes through the exchanger. Heat pumps can provide, as a rule, from 4.7 -5.5 units of energy to the pool for every 1 unit paid for.
With the costs of electricity and fossil fuels always increasing the prospect of heating your swimming pool using the energy of the sun can be very tempting, with the correct equipment this can be achieved saving you hundreds of pounds on heating your swimming pool every year. However, due to the unpredictable seasonal weather we would recommend using solar panels in conjunction with another method of heating the pool water for optimal performance.