7 Ways To Heat A Swimming Pool

The water in your pool is too cold? In this case, you are probably not going to swim. If you don’t want to enjoy your pool only on sunny days, you should opt for an efficient heating system.

Without heating, the water in your pool will not exceed 22 degrees, and maybe even 25 degrees if it’s really hot. However, even for a sports swimmer, the water temperature is only pleasant from 26 degrees. Most pools are even heated to 29 or 30 degrees.

In addition, a heating system allows you to enjoy your swimming pool much longer. Without heating, you can only swim in summer. With a heater, you can easily swim for more months. Some systems even allow you to swim all year round.

But which type of heating system should you choose? The choice is wide and the ideal choice depends on many factors such as the type and size of the pool, the current heating installation in the home, how often you want to swim and the temperature, as well as the period. during which you want to enjoy the swimming pool. Below we walk through several known heating systems for swimming pools.

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Heating a swimming pool with solar energy

Heating a swimming pool with the sun seems at first glance simple and interesting. It is an environmentally friendly and energy efficient way of heating the swimming pool. However, this category of pool heaters includes several options which all have their advantages and disadvantages.

Heating a swimming pool with a solar water heater

Solar water heaters are mainly used to heat a house or for sanitary installations. The precise application depends in part on the number of panels that are on the roof. Besides the house, you can also use a solar water heater to heat the swimming pool.

It’s significantly more environmentally friendly than gas or oil heating, but you still need the energy to run your solar water heater.

We do not directly recommend solar water heaters as pool heating. The efficiency of the solar water heater will be lower on cloudy days. And this is precisely when the solar water heater has to work a lot to heat the pool or maintain its temperature. To heat your pool, you, therefore, continue to depend on the sun.

Heating a swimming pool with solar panels

Solar panels do not produce heat, but energy. This is the big difference with a solar water heater. This energy is  totally ecological  and is used to heat the house and the swimming pool with an electric heating system.

To quickly heat a house or a swimming pool, solar panels will preferably be combined with an electric heating system such as a heat exchanger.

The price of these solar panels depends on the number of panels, the type and quality of the panels, their capacity and the size of the family. The bigger the family, the more energy it will have to produce.

For solar panels, it is also necessary to provide a large surface which, in the best case, will be oriented towards the south.

It is quite possible to heat your swimming pool with solar panels. It’s ecological and the energy is completely free. But you need a considerable budget and area to install the solar panels.

Advantages

  • Negligible consumption cost
  • Very ecological

Disadvantages

  • High purchase price
  • Can only be used in summer
  • Additional area required for solar collectors

Solar or EDPM mats to heat the swimming pool

These solar mats are often used  to heat a small swimming pool  that is removed for the winter. When a swimming pool is heated with solar mats or EDPMs, the water circulates through the mats. It is warmed there by the sun. Indeed, the sun heats the solar mats, which then transmit the heat to the water of the swimming pool.

As we have already indicated, this solution is mainly offered for small swimming pools. The main reason is that with a pool having a large volume, it takes a long time for all the water to pass through the solar mats once. Therefore, it takes a very long time to fully heat a large swimming pool with these mats.

In addition, a large area should be provided for installing these rugs. It is advisable to provide an area of ​​solar mats as large as the area of ​​the swimming pool. Usually, these heating mats are installed on a flat roof. However, this means that the pump must have sufficient capacity to bring water to this height. If the pump is not powerful enough, the water will heat up more slowly.

The real downside to these solar mats or EDPMs is that they are weather dependent. Without the sun, the mats will transmit too little heat to the pool water.

Heating a swimming pool with dome-shaped solar collectors

The operation of these solar collectors is very similar to that of solar mats. The difference is that the pipe is coiled under a kind of dome. The water is heated there. Compared to solar mats, much less space is required for this system. With 1 dome, you can heat 5,000 liters of water. For an 8m by 4m swimming pool with a depth of 1.5m, you therefore need 10 such domes.

However, this heating system is only recommended for small pools. This heating also depends on the sun and consumes a lot of energy to pump water through the domes. For the same pool, it will, therefore, be a little cheaper than solar mats.

Heating a swimming pool with a heat pump

With a solar-powered heating system, you depend on the amount of sunlight. A heat pump is therefore a perfect alternative that does not depend on the sun. It has therefore been the most popular swimming pool heating system for years.

It must be said that the heat pump has many advantages for heating a swimming pool. It is very efficient, energy-efficient, easy to use, and durable. This type of heating is much more environmentally friendly than a swimming pool heated with gas or oil. In addition, heat pumps have a long service life. If you are looking for a cost-effective heating system, you will opt for a quality heat pump.

How a swimming pool heat pump works

A heat pump uses electricity to draw heat from the ambient air and return it to the water. It therefore does not generate heat itself.

Heat pumps therefore depend on the outside temperature. As long as this temperature is above 10 degrees, heat pumps are profitable. For 1 kW of energy consumed, they produce no less than 5 kW of heat.

If the outside temperature drops below 10 degrees, it is better to stop the heat pump. Therefore, the heat pump is the ideal heating system to enjoy the swimming pool from April to the end of October. However, there are specific heat pumps that you can use at lower temperatures. If you want to bathe all year round, you can use a heat exchanger in winter.

A comparison between heat pumps and other pool heating systems

An electric pool heater is expensive to use. The consumption of an exclusively electric system is so high that this option is only possible for whirlpools with a maximum capacity of 1500 liters. For a standard swimming pool of approximately 50,000 liters, the use of an electric heater is excluded.

As for gas or oil heating, it has too low an efficiency. These heating systems need 5 kW of energy to generate 1 kW of heat. With a heat pump, it’s exactly the opposite! Therefore, you need a lot of energy to heat a large swimming pool.

Solar systems are very popular for swimming pool heating, but the problem is that they are dependent on sunlight.

Advantages and disadvantages of swimming pool heat pumps

The major advantage of the heat pump is its high efficiency and low energy cost. Unfortunately, heat pumps slowly heat the water; therefore, it takes a few days to heat your swimming pool by about 15 degrees to 28 degrees. It takes about 2 degrees gained per day.

In addition, the heat pump depends on the ambient temperature. The efficiency increases with the temperature, and if it drops below 10 degrees, the efficiency of the heat pump will be low.

Often it is thought that a swimming pool heat pump is very noisy, but it is not that bad. The noise is comparable to that of a quiet conversation. You will only be disturbed by the noise of the heat pump within a radius of 5 m around it.

Advantages

  • High efficiency
  • Low cost of consumption
  • Longer life
  • Very silent
  • Ideal for heating large pools
  • Possibility to swim from April to October
  • Ecological heating technology
  • Easy to use

Disadvantages

  • Higher purchase price
  • Depends on ambient temperature
  • Recommended use at room temperature> 10 ° C

The ideal location for a heat pump

It is advisable to install your heat pump outdoors. You will therefore not need a technical room with a good air inlet and outlet system.

An open-air installation is ideal for blowing the cooled air as far as possible. The direct ambient temperature of the heat pump is thus higher, which translates into better efficiency.

The heat pump does not necessarily have to be installed in the sun, although it is true that the ambient temperature is an important factor. 50 cm of free space should be left all around the heat pump. On the fan side, 3 to 5 m of free space should be provided, again so that the cooled air can be blown as far as possible.

When installing a heat pump, you should also pay attention to noise. While it is true that heat pumps are becoming quieter, you might as well try to limit noise to the strict minimum, for example by installing the heat pump in a corner or behind the pool house.

Heat a swimming pool with a heat exchanger

To quickly heat the water in a swimming pool, a titanium heat exchanger should be used. It is ideal for people who are not often at home to enjoy the pool. In one day, the pool is heated and you can enjoy it. It is therefore the ideal system for a swimming pool in a second residence or for someone who only wishes to swim very sporadically.

The heat exchangers are made of a corrosion resistant titanium thermal element. Electricity heats the resistance, which in turn heats the water flowing through it.

This titanium heat exchanger connects to the heating system of the house. As a result, the installation of this heating system is inexpensive. On the other hand, its main drawback is its consumption. Constantly heating your pool with a heat exchanger can be very expensive.

In addition, this heating method is less ecological than solar collectors or a heat pump. The advantage of the heat exchanger is that it can heat the water even when the ambient temperature is low and there is no sunlight. This is why the heat exchanger is often combined with a heat pump or a solar water heater.

The titanium heat exchanger allows the water to be heated quickly to a comfortable temperature, while the heat pump or solar water heater easily maintains the water at the desired temperature without having to constantly turn on.

Advantages

  • Cheaper to install
  • Heat water quickly

Disadvantages

  • Large consumer 
  • Less ecological
  • Often combined with a heat pump 

A pool cover to maintain the temperature

It is important to heat the water in the swimming pool, but it is even more important to maintain the temperature of this water as long as possible in order to have to use the heating system less often. This is why we recommend covering the swimming pool with a cover, or better yet, with an automatic roller shutter. This will significantly limit the cooling of your pool water. 

If you choose solar slats, the water temperature will increase even when you are not using the pool. On an annual basis, this represents a considerable energy saving!

In this way, your investment is recovered over a period of 2 to 3 years and this will have a very positive effect on the consumption of your installation. A swimming pool cover can reduce heat loss by 50%! If you opt for an automatic roller shutter with solar blades, your pool cover will even allow you to raise the temperature.

How to Clean and Care For an Automatic Pool Cover

Normally, pool owners are mainly concerned with cleaning and maintaining their pool, but what about the automatic pool cover? Just as your pool requires care, so does your pool cover. I am going to list the most important tips to successfully care for and clean your automatic pool cover.

What To Check On Your Automatic Pool Cover And Related Moving Parts

With a minimum amount of effort, you can extend the life of your pool cover, the motor, and other components. The housing should be cleaned out at least once per year. Make sure leaves and other debris don’t prevent water from draining out of the housing.

Periodically inspect the track to be sure all screws are secure if they become loose simply tighten with a screwdriver. Spray water in the track channel a couple of times a year to remove the potential buildup of leaves or other debris.

Throughout the year inspect the vinyl fabric for signs of wear brought on by pool chemicals, age, extreme temperature, and the sun.
Should the vinyl become brittle its ability to provide protection may be compromised and should be replaced.

it’s important to inspect the vinyl for holes or tears which can allow water to seep up from the pool and present a safety hazard. Patch kits are available from your dealer.

if the stitching begins to fray the strength of the cover may be compromised and this should be repaired or replaced by your dealer.

To prevent premature aging of the vinyl the cover should remain open for at least two hours after you add chemicals to your pool. This will allow the chemicals and chemical gases to disperse.

How To Clean Your Automatic Pool Cover

For owners who wish to clean their cover, the operation is quite simple. First, make sure the pool water level is at the center of the skimmer opening. Start by placing the bilge pump on the cover. Next, spray water into the tail end of the vinyl and add a mild diluted cleaner.

Then gently clean a five-foot section of the vinyl with your pool brush. Open the cover five feet and repeat the process allowing the bilge pump to remove the standing dirty water. it’s important to follow these simple steps at the beginning of the pool season or whenever you need to clean the cover.

Automatic pool covers must be cleaned every 3-6 months. Spray all the reel components with a Teflon based lubricant once every season to make sure components are running smoothly. This will prevent wear on the moving parts.

At this point, you should be ready for the rest of your pool opening procedures. At the end of the pool season, a few precautions are important to protect your cover and your pool.

First, close the cover completely and put the bilge pump on the cover. Next, make sure that at least 70% of the vinyl is resting on the water. Anything less than 70% may damage the vinyl. if during the offseason support of the vinyl becomes less than 70% add additional water to the pool.

On top track systems, water bags can be added for additional protection.

Safety Aspects To Consider When Using Your Automatic Pool Cover

Your backyard pool is a great place to play, exercise, entertain, and relax but it’s also a place where safety must come first. Responsible pool owners know that real dangers exist.

  • From horseplay or other unsafe behavior, but a very real danger is present around any body of water.
  • The cover should only be operated by an adult or owner.
  • Keep children away from the cover. Children or objects, cannot be under the cover.
  • Do not walk on the cover except for emergency purposes.
  • Only keep the bilge pump on the cover. Set the bilge pump up for proper use whenever the cover is closed.
  • Always keep the water pumped off the cover to avoid a drowning risk. Even a small amount of water is a hazard, especially if someone walks or falls onto the cover vinyl. The water will collect around the person and may present a drowning risk.
  • When swimming, keep the bilge pump away from the pool area and always keep all electrical cords away as well.
  • You should inspect the cover frequently for signs of deterioration, rips, or tears.
  • Do not close the cover until all swimmer’s toys, towels, ladders, and other objects are out of the pool.
  • Never leave the pool cover partially opened.
  • Always make sure you can see the entire pool and pool cover while you’re activating the controllers to open or close the pool cover.
  • Always remove the key from the key switch when the pool is not in use.

Questions and Answers Regarding Automatic Pool Cover Problems

Can I walk on the cover? While you can walk on the cover we recommend doing so only in an emergency.

Is the cover too big? Many new cover owners question the extra vinyl fabric that’s evident in the cover. This is actually key to the effect of the operation of the cover. At first new covers appear to be wrinkled or oversized but this is normal and the wrinkles may smooth out over time.


If I drain my pool or the water level gets low should I close the cover? Never cover your pool if drained or anytime the water level is any more than 6 inches below the skimmer. Doing so could cause damage to the system. Fill the pool to a level where the water supports the cover.

The cover is opening or closing crooked what should I do? While it’s normal for a cover to open or close up to 2 inches off its normal position appearing slightly crooked as it moves. More severe misalignment should be addressed by a trained technician.

Should I leave the bilge pump on the cover at all times? The bilge pump should be left on the cover whenever the cover is closed. The only exception is during severe winter conditions when it’s too cold to melt the ice and snow on the cover. Remove the pump off and place it in a warm area. Then place the pump back on when the ice begins melting.

I hear a popping noise when I open and close the cover is this normal? Sometimes the ropes make a popping noise when rolling on to the Rope reels this is normal and not an indication of any trouble.

The pool cover does not open or close when I activate the controller what should I check? Check if the motor is not turning or the cover is not moving you may need to reset your GFCI outlet. Turn the breaker off then turn it back on. If the cover is still not operating call your installation company.

Water appears on my cover when it has not rained in days? Your cover may have a hole over the water and needs to be patched.

The cover stops halfway open or closed what should I do? If your cover stops Midway the tracks might have dirt or debris inside and you should clean them out with a firm stream of water from your hose. Another possibility is that the ropes have become tangled around the rope reel in the housing. Lift the lid to check the reels and see if they appear tangled. If they are you must first turn off the power to the system and then you can carefully attempt to untangle them yourself. Another situation that may cause a cover to stop Midway is that there may be too much water remaining on the cover. Pump the water off with the bilge pump and then attempt to open the cover.

The key switch indicator light is blinking red? A blinking red light indicates that the cover has stopped under stress. There might be water on top of the cover. There could be an object blocking the cover or the cover could be running crooked and needs adjustment.

The cover is completely open and will not close? It may be that the cover has opened too far and come out of the track. You can also check the green indicator light on your controller. If the light is not on you do not have power to the system and you should check your electrical system.

The bilge pump is not pumping off the water? It may be that the pump’s automatic shutoff is malfunctioning or there’s another problem. Check your bilge pump owner’s manual for troubleshooting tips. The pump may need to be repaired or replaced because a properly functioning pump is critical to the safety and operation of every pool cover.

I recommend you purchase a backup pump to always have on hand in the event of problems with your primary pump.

I hope that this information is helpful to you for having a trouble-free automatic pool cover.

How To Clean A Roller Shutter Pool Cover

The maintenance of your pool involves the regular cleaning of the water and the various components of your pool. The roller shutter, like other types of cover, offers the advantage of making your task easier by protecting your pool from pollution.

You then only use the dip net once or twice a week to remove dead leaves and twigs that fell into the pool during your swimming sessions. You can also reduce the amount of chlorine and disinfectants that help maintain water quality since the pool is fully covered.

However, you must also clean the pool cover at least twice a year. Impurities and waste accumulate there and can pollute your pool if you are not careful. The cleaning operation mainly consists of removing dirt from the blades as well as debris that is trapped between the flap joints.

Also, know that these impurities will roll out with the shutter when it opens and there is a good chance that they will end up at the bottom of your pool. This debris can also damage the cover blades if it is not removed.

Cleaning the Solid Roller shutter Pool Cover in the Correct Sequence

In order for your pool cover to be properly maintained, you must adopt the right sequence. It is also necessary to clean in stages in order to preserve the quality of the blades and of the other components of the cover. You must start by dismantling the grating in the case of a submerged pit since this equipment protects the pit.

After removing this accessory, you can clean the shutter blades one by one by rolling them out little by little. This then allows you to brush the blades using a wall brush and detergent.

Once you have done all the blades, keep the shutter closed and spray with a strong jet of water to remove the detergent. You can take the opportunity to completely clean the submerged pit by removing large waste with a pool net and the others using a manual vacuum cleaner.

The opening slot is quite small and is not often suitable for the use of a pool robot. In case you have opted for solid blades, then you must use a high temperature and high-pressure cleaner.

You have the option of using a detergent for the swimming pool in order to remove all stubborn stains and so that the swimming pool cover can regain its shine. If your cover is not made from solid blades, a simple garden hose is more than enough.

Also, use a sponge soaked in a cleaning product dedicated to cleaning the pool cover to keep everything clean. However, read the labels carefully since the use of abrasive products is not recommended. They risk damaging the boards which then lose their insulating capacity. Repeat all these steps before winterizing your pool in late fall or early winter.

You must then clean your pool cover again before summer. These cleaning sessions allow you, to check that the automatic or manual system of your cover is working properly.

Alternative Techniques to Conventional Roller Shutter Cleaning

The roller shutter is a real nest for bacteria and microorganisms, hence the need to clean it regularly. Even if this cleaning is difficult or time-consuming, it is necessary to do it regularly to guarantee the quality of the water in your pool and the preservation of an ideal temperature which is around 28 ° C.

Step 1: Keep the shutter in the closed position so that you can more easily access the area behind it, where lots of dirt gets stored. Sometimes you need to use a shovel and a brush to remove any dead leaf debris and other impurities.

Step 2: Draining the water circuit guarantees that this waste is not likely to end up in your pool, otherwise beware of its pollution. It is better to pay for a few cubic meters of water to fill the pool than to invest in expensive disinfectants. All the more so if the debris is too great, you may need to empty the pool before thoroughly cleaning it and refilling it.

Step 3: Empty your filter tank regularly which fills up quickly because of the draining of the water circuit of your pool. Stop this operation only when the water coming out is perfectly clear.

Step 4: Clean your filter using a powerful jet of water, since debris will attach to it when cleaning the pool cover. Do not stop cleaning until you see the bottom of the filters.

Step 5: Close the hatches that contain the shutter or the gratings if there is a submerged pit. Also, close the drain valve before unwinding your roller shutter.

Step 6: Pour the required amount of chlorine into the pool for a shock treatment in order to disinfect your pool properly.

Step 7: If there is debris at the bottom of the pool, turn on your automatic vacuum cleaner to remove it. You can also use a manual vacuum cleaner if you do not have a pool robot.

Step 8: Clean your filters again to remove any debris attached to them before the filtration pump is started.

The Advantages of Cleaning a Solid Roller Shutter Pool Cover

Cleaning the roller shutter of your swimming pool has many significant advantages. As you can do it yourself, you save money.

You can also save money on the time you spend on the daily maintenance of your pool such as emptying the skimmer. You also don’t have to use too many pool chemicals to guarantee clean, healthy water. Debris on the roller shutter is unlikely to spill into the pool if you thoroughly clean it every six months and if you remove dirt on the surface of the cover at least once a week.

How Do Variable Speed Pool Pumps Work?

I have been wondering if I should change my conventional single speed pool pump to a variable speed pump when mine gives trouble or packs up.

I have done some research and found out how a variable speed pool pump works. In this article, I will be sharing my findings and the advantages of these pumps with you.

A variable speed pool pump works by sensing water pressure on the outlet side of the pump and it electronically alters the speed of the pump to keep the outlet pressure constant. This type of pump stops pressure and flow spikes. 

With a conventional single-speed pool pump, the pump works at a max rpm all the time. The pressure and flow cannot be altered unless the outlet pipe size is changed. Therefore it uses max power all the time.

A pool pump has an electric motor that spins an impeller which in turn pumps water through the pool system. The variable speed pool pumps electric motor design is different in that it has an electronic switching and control system. With a variable speed pool pump, a pressure sensor is mounted on the outlet of the pump, and this pressure sensor measures the operating pressure of the pump. A VSD controller ( Variable Speed Motor Driver) which is mounted on top of the electric motor can be manually set so that it keeps the outlet pressure of the pump constant, no matter what flow is required out of the pump.

If the outlet pressure is set at 10PSI. The pump will alter its speed, either speed up or slow down according to the flow demands of the water on the pump. If you are just circulating the pool water the pump speed will be slow. When the demand is greater like when you are using the robotic pool cleaner, the pump speed will be faster.

This means that instead of the motor using 6 Amps, it will be using possibly 2 Amps to do the work and overtime this saves a lot of money.

Do Variable Speed Pool Pumps Really Save You Money?

Yes, they do. With a variable speed pool pump, there is a balance between economy and performance. If you purchase a variable speed pool pump, you will spend about $159.87 per year on your energy bill. That is an annual saving of $549.99 from the conventional single-speed pump. The cost difference between a standard 2.0 HP pump and a variable speed pump is about $750.00. You will recover this cost difference in about 16 months. In total will save 40 – 50% on your pool energy costs.

What Are The Advantages Of Variable Speed Pool Pumps

These pumps have four key benefits. They offer huge energy savings, better filtration for pool water, they are quieter in operation than other conventional pumps. There is less stress on other pool equipment when the pump is running at low speeds.

How Long Do Variable Speed Pool Pumps Last?

Variable speed pool pump motors last at least 6-8 years, often longer. Variable speed pool pumps have magnetic drive motors. These motors create less friction and offer higher energy efficiency compared to their older counterparts, which have copper winding motors.

Which Is The Best Variable Speed Pool Pump?

  1. The Hayward SP2610X15: The Best Pool Pump For A Stable Flow Rate.
  2. The Pentair 011018 IntelliFlo: The Best Variable Speed Pool Pump For Horsepower.
  3. The Hayward SP2302VSP Max-Flo: The Best Variable Speed Pool Pump For Easy Installation.
  4. The Hayward SP3400VSP EcoStar: The Best Variable Speed Pool Pump For Debris.
  5.  The Hayward SP15932S Power-Flo Matrix: The Best Two-Speed Pool Pump For Reduced Maintenance.

8 Pool Safety Rules For Children

It is really nice for the family and friends to enjoy a swim in the pool. But, if you’ve got small kids around, you need to enforce a couple of safety precautions to make sure that youngsters can enjoy their swim. Parents should keep an eye out when kids are swimming.

An inch of water is all it takes for a small child to drown. Many people believe that they’re going to hear a splashing sound or cry for help, but that’s not the case.

Here Are 8 Safety Tips For Keeping Children Safe In A Pool.

1. There should be fencing all around the pool area for protection. Four-Sided fencing around the pool will help to prevent the drowning of children. It should be at least four feet high. The fencing should have a self-closing, self-latching gate.

2. The area around the pool should be cleaned immediately after each use. Immediately remove any floating toys that are still in the water. Such toys can attract the attention of children and a child may reach to grab it and can fall in the pool unexpectedly.

3. Children should be strictly told to follow the safety rules that you have set. Pool decks can be wet and slippery. Many children feel excited close to the pool edge. Therefore, they should not be allowed to run in any situation. They should walk slowly and carefully. Children should be instructed to obey “no diving” rules in the shallow end.

4. Children should be allowed to enter the pool as long as they know how to swim. Send your child to swimming lessons. Children can start swim lessons at around three years old. Even if the child knows how to swim. Very young children should be within arm’s length of an adult. Never leave a child or children alone in the pool.

5. Safety equipment should be available close by if required. If you have a large pool, a rescue pole or “life hooks” are also good things to have on hand.

6. If you are not using the pool, cover it with a rigid safety cover. Even during the swimming season, It is better that the pool stay’s covered when not in use. The pool cover should fit securely over the pool’s entire surface.

7. If your child is swimming in an inflatable pool, you must empty it after each use. Never think that a child cannot drown in a blow-up pool. Small children don’t have the upper body strength to lift themselves and may drown easily by slipping over the soft side of an inflatable pool.

8. Never rely on floaters, water wings, inner tubes or noodles. You should only use flotation devices labeled “Coast Guard approved”. Drowning is always preventable. Whenever you’re taking your child near the pool or within the pool, you must be able to reach out and grab your child at all times.