Six Ways to Extend Your Pool Season

For us pool enthusiasts, the swim season can often times run short for our taste, especially in areas with colder climates. With the right set-up and some preparation, you can easily extend the pool season by a couple of weeks or even months. Check out our products that made the cut below.

THE LONGEST SEASON; GAS HEATERS

Gas heaters are the most effective way to heat your pool and provide the longest swimming season. They work by using natural gas or propane to heat water before it enters your pool. They will work in all types of climate and provide a “speedy” way to heat your pool. Heaters require little preparation and allow you to heat up your pool when needed. They are the least cost efficient to run, but provide the largest amount of convenience with the ability to heat up when you want.

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EXTEND THE SEASON AND REDUCE ENERGY COSTS; HEAT PUMPS

Heat pumps gain a lot of attention and for good reason. They save pool owners money. Although the have a higher upfront cost, they will save pool owners a good amount of change throughout the life of the pump. For example, on average a propane heater will cost about $6.90 to $9.20, and a natural gas heater will cost about $3.30 to $4.40 to run per hour. In contrast, heat pumps cost a fraction and cost about $.63 per hour to run. For more information, check out our “What’s the Cost to Run a Pool Heater” article.

This, however, does not come without restriction. Heat pumps utilize the air around the unit to heat your pool and requires that the air temperatures be above 50 degrees fahrenheit. So depending where you live and when you’d like to swim will determine if heat pumps are a viable option for you.

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EXTEND YOUR POOL SEASON WITH ZERO RUN COST; SOLAR COVERS

Solar covers are a great option for pool owners because they have no cost after the original purchase. They cost anywhere from V3YRND to CLRRET2044-16MIL for a new solar cover depending on the size of your pool and use sunlight to heat your pool and prevent water evaporation. Once the heat is generated, solar covers keep the heat in for long periods of time when the pool is not in use. This makes them a good addition to other heating options as they reduce the loss of heat that is generated. This can reduce run costs of units, such as pool heaters. The only downfall to solar covers is they can be a bit of a hassle to remove and store. If this sounds like a problem to you, consider using a solar reel which makes storage a removal fast and easy.
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SOLAR COVERS SIMPLIFIED; SOLAR RINGS

If solar covers sound like they require too much maintenance, then solar rings may be a great alternative. Solar rings work the same way that solar covers, but on a smaller scale and only SSRA per ring. They’re small circles that connect with one another, covering any size pool. The rings are held together with small magnets. Once together, they provide the same function of solar covers.

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AN EASY SOLUTION; LIQUID SOLAR COVERS

Liquid solar covers provide a invisible blanket on the top of your pool which generates heat from the sun while reducing evaporation. Simply pour the chemical in your pool every week. About 4 oz. per 20,000 gallons and the invisible barrier provides additional heat in your pool. Pick up a bottle on PoolSupplyWorld for only 07100

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A COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION; SOLAR HEATERS

Solar heaters are a relatively simple concept. They use a series a tubes which channel the water flowing back into your pool. The tubes collect the heat from sunlight and heat the water that’s being circulated back into the pool. Solar Heaters can be a relatively cheap option (starting around 4512) depending on the size of your pool and do a good job heating your pool water. You’ll get better results in certain areas of the country, but they can extend your pool season by about a month at the beginning and end of the pool season.

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Kevin
When Kevin’s not enjoying the water himself he’s engaging himself in the wide world of pool and spa knowledge which he passes on to our customers through producing content for our blogs and website. Outside of the pool world you can find him enjoying life with friends, family and his off the wall dog Brixton.