Pool heaters are perfect for increasing the enjoyment our of your pool by keeping the pool at a comfortable bathing temperature. In Ottawa, the short summer has influenced many people get a heater in order to extend their swimming season.
NATURAL GAS HEATERS
Natural gas heaters are the most common type of heater in swimming pools. GBI Pool Services Inc. highly recommends electronic ignition models, since they include a digital display which gives exact the user complete control over the temperature of the water. Electronic ignition heaters also don't use a pilot light, which avoids long term problems as the heater ages.
The major advantage of installing a natural gas heater on your pool is that the pool temperature is not dependent on the weather, and will stay constant at whatever temperature the homeowner sets it at. If you are looking for a simple yet effective way to heat your pool, this heating method is recommended.
Solar heaters are quickly gaining popularity as an alternative form of pool heating. In some homes, they are even used in conjunction with a gas heater in order to reduce energy consumption. Solar heating works by installing a special piping system on the roof of the home. A special automation system sends cold water from the pool to the roof on hot days and sends it back to the pool. By properly sizing the solar heating system, pools can get as warm as 86-88 Fahrenheit.
Despite a higher upfront cost, over the long term solar heating does not require any external power source as it gets its energy from the sun. If your roof is large enough to accommodate sufficient solar panels, this heating method should be seriously considered.