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Should you Add an Above Ground Pool Heater This Year?


Living in a cooler climate means you already have a shorter swimming season. However, with the right above ground pool heater, you can extend your season and swim longer this year. There are multiple ways to heat an above ground pool. Here are a few of the things to consider before you make your final decision for your pool heater. How Much Heat do You Need? The decision on the type of heater you choose will depend on how much heat you want. Consider the beginning and the end of the season and the air temperatures for that time of the year. You can swim comfortably until the temperature dips below about 65-degrees Fahrenheit. Some of the types of heaters to consider include: • Solar Blanket or Solar Ring - Provides 5 to 10-degrees of heat • Solar Mats - A 4'x20' solar mat can give you 10 to 15-degrees of heat • 50K BTU Electric Heater - Provides 15 to 20-degrees of heat • 125K BTU Gas Heater - Give you 20 to 25-degrees of heat Of course, with each of these heaters, you have to consider the operating cost, as well. Solar mats are the most energy-efficient with no cost to operate, since they use the sun, while the gas heater may be the most expensive to operate. When do you Prefer to Swim? If you swim mainly during the hottest time of the day, you may not need a heater to provide as much help. However, if you prefer to swim at night, a heater giving you a higher water temperature may be necessary. A solar heater will provide the warmest water temperatures in the afternoon, while a gas heater is the best for quickly heating the pool if you are a weekend pool warrior. It's important to consider the type of swimming you do and match it to the right above ground heater for your needs. If you're not sure what type of heater to get for your pool, an area expert can help. They will be able to recommend the right type and size to heat your pool and extend the swimming season.