Reduce Pool Heating Costs
It’s 39 degrees this morning in Orlando, brrrrrrrr! You probably won’t get much use from your Pool or Spa today in Central Florida, but what better time to talk about a swimming pool heater!
8 tips to get the most from your pool heater and lower pool heating costs at the same time!
- evaporation is by far the largest source of termperature loss. Evaporating water requires tremendous amounts of energy. It only takes 1 Btu (British thermal unit) to raise 1 pound of water 1 degree, but each pound of 80ºF water that evaporates takes a whopping 1,048 Btu of heat out of the pool.
- According to the Department of Energy, covering a pool when it is not in use is the single most effective means to reduce pool heating costs. Savings of 50%–70% are possible.
- Fencing, hedges, landscaping, and cabanas that shelter your pool from prevailing winds will further reduce heat loss.
- If your pool heater is more than five years old, chances are a new high efficiency gas heater could quickly pay for itself in utility bill savings.
- If you use your pool only on weekends, reduce your heater or heat pump thermostats settings by eight to ten degrees during the week.
- When leaving for vacation for more than a week, turn off the pool heater or heat pump, including the pilot light. Please use caution in freezing conditions.
- Install a pool timer or a control system to automate the hours of operation.
- According to the American Red Cross, the most healthful swimming temperature is a minimum of 78 degrees for competitive swimming, and 83-86 for lessons. Most of us aren’t holding swim meets in the back yard, so your pool will probably feel most comfortable in the 83-86 range. That being said, reducing your heater or heat pump thermostat to maintain a 78 degree or lower temperature will also help conserve energy.