For many kiwi homeowners having a pool in your back garden is a must, it allows your family and friends to swim throughout the warm summers months. There are a range of options available on the market so choosing the right one is important for various reasons. It’s a major investment which takes careful planning and consideration. Here are some things to consider before installing a pool.

Will your pool include a heating system?

If you consider how much money you’ll spend on putting a pool in your backyard, it makes sense to have the facilities available all year round. So, if you plan on installing a pool its not a question of with or without a heating system, but what kind of system should I install? Having a pool heating installation means you can swim whenever you wish, you don’t have to limit your pool time to the summer months, you can take a dip all year round. Most installations only take one day to set up and professional companies can integrate a heated system into your already existing pump system, so if you’ve already installed a pool and forgot to include a heating system you can call a local supplier to ask about affordable rates.

What kind of heating system will you install?

There are three types of systems you can install in your pool to keep the water heated, they are:

  1. Electric
  2. Gas
  3. Solar
  • Electric

An electric heating system is the most reliable and is cheaper to run in comparison to diesel or gas, it’s also far more dependable than solar power. Solar powered systems rely on stored energy which comes from the sun, so during the dark, bleak winter months they don’t have much opportunities to convert the sun’s rays into solar energy, this inevitably has an impact on your unit. The most noticeable advantage of using an electric heater is that you can keep your pool at a constant temperature, you’ve more control over your environment.

  • Gas

Most gas heaters are generally connected from the pipes in your house to your pool, if you choose a propane heater you’ll need a tank installed which will heat up your pool, the problem with using gas is that it runs out and needs constant replacing, it is also considerably more expensive than an electric unit.

  • Solar

If you aim to heat your pool using solar power you’ll have to install solar panels, this can be an additional headache when it comes to setting up your new swimming area. Solar panels must be places where they are most exposed to sunlight, this usually means on the roof of your home. They are completely reliant on outside weather conditions.

Installing a swimming pool is a massive investment, so why not consider the most reliable pool heating system to keep it warm throughout the year, if you don’t add a heating unit, there’ll be long periods during the year where your pool won’t be accessible, simply because the water is too cold. Get the most from your invest and add a heating system.