Introduction to Heating
In New Zealand, our typical swimming season ranges from October to March in most areas. For most, swimming in the pool outside these warmer months is seldom without a heater. The ideal temperature for swimming in a residential pool is between 24 and 28 degrees - not too hot nor too cold. But, to maintain a warm temperature like this, especially throughout the cooler months is near impossible without a heater. So, which heating system is right for you?
A pool heat pump takes heat from the air and transfers it to your pool. They are extremely energy-efficient, and while they are commonly used in warmer, more humid climates, there are other factors to consider that could make them an effective heating solution in other environments and situations.
A gas pool heater burns gas to heat water for your pool or spa, making it the ideal pool heating solution if you have low-cost access to natural gas or propane, or if you live in a location with high electricity costs. The key advantages of gas heating are quicker warm-up times and solid performance regardless of weather conditions.
A solar pool heating system involves pumping pool water through a series of tubes mounted on the roof of a building. The sun then heats the circulating water, returning it to the pool at an higher temperature until the pool reaches the desired level.
- Little to no consumption costs
- Environmentally friendly
- High purchase price
- Can realistically only be used in summer and requires good weather
- Additional space is needed to place solar collectors on the roof of a building
- Can be considered an eyesore