today’s high fuel costs, does it make sense for me to heat
answer is yes, if you want to enjoy comfortable swimming at your own
convenience. One of the reasons for owning a pool is being able to
swim when you want to. As for cost, that’s up to you. You really
can control fuel consumption and waste simply by taking advantage
of the suggestions made on this page.
guidelines should be followed in heating our pool?
into consideration the need to conserve energy and to minimize fuel
consumption, any unnecessary pool heating should be avoided. You are
the best judge of the kind of use you want out of your pool. Use of
your pool for recreation, exercise, therapy or just general enjoyment
obviously will require heating it. Your pool won’t contribute
to your health or pleasure unless it’s warm enough to swim in
comfortably, and when you want to swim. Actually, using your
home pool can be far less wasteful of energy and cost you less in
fuel than driving to distant resort and vacation areas for away-from-home
pointers on saving energy and cutting fuel costs, see the list
of suggestions on conserving energy.
warm should I keep my pool?
depends entirely on you, of course. The temperature recommended for
recreational and competitive sports swimming by the American Red Cross
and many swimming coaches is 78° F. This comfort level coincides with
good fuel conservation practice, too.
children, the elderly and others often need 80° F or warmer water,
however, and hydrotherapy calls for warmer water, too.
78° F to 82°
F takes in about everyone, how warm you should keep your pool actually
depends on personal preference.
a heated pool means more swimming. How much more?
right. The sun alone usually can’t keep your pool water at that
comfort minimum of 78° F. By having a heater to warm your water you
can add substantially to the daily use of your pool—and you
can also extend the so-called "swimming season."
much more swimming? From early morning to late evening, even with
air temperatures of 65° or lower — if your pool is warm.
can stretch your pool season by twice in most areas and even longer
in other areas by having a heated pool. The usual 2-month season in
Detroit, for example, can be doubled in time, and in Los Angeles the
season can be more than tripled. In New York, Chicago and Philadelphia
- double the season or better.
we don't heat our pool, how much swimming season can we expect?
it depends on your climate and whether you use a pool cover or not.
Without a pool cover you’ll probably have a season of only one
or two months in most areas and perhaps three months or a little more with a cover.
those months when the average temperature in your area is high enough
to heat your pool water to a minimum 75°F—and
hold it there—you will be able to boost this temperature to
or more if you use a good pool cover and keep it on your pool when
the pool is not in use.
that are not covered can lose 4° F to 5° F overnight in most parts
of the country. With a cover, you can reduce that heat loss by 50%
or more. So without a heater you should be able to use your pool in
the afternoons and early evenings, in the warmest part of the season.
that besides air temperature, you must consider such variables as
wind speed and humidity, both of which affect the rate of heat loss
from the pool. If your pool is not covered, try to protect the pool
from breezes as best you can with walls, covered fences, shrubs, cabanas,
we need to heat our pool when the weather's hot?
it depends on you and your personal pool temperature preference. It
also depends on the climate in your area— and whether you use
a good quality cover to conserve energy and heat.
using a cover, you’ll probably have to heat your pool a little,
particularly during summer cool spells and for morning and evening
Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Seattle, for example, even the July - August
average temperatures are usually below 75° F and moderate heating
would be essential for comfortable swimming. By contrast, average
temperatures in summer are high and sustained. But "real" weather
has a tendency to vary a lot from the mean, so it’s a good idea
to rely on a heater to brighten up the cool spots and lengthen the
are the health benefits of heating my pool?
pool that is properly heated and properly used can contribute to and
help safeguard health. Doctors and physical therapists regard swimming
as one of the most beneficial of cardiovascular exercises. It is an
exercise that nearly everyone can do safely, while running and jogging
are impossible for many elderly people and those who suffer from arthritis
and muscular diseases. (continued........)
The information on this
page is provided by Teledyne Laars/ Jandy, a leader in the Pool Heating
Industry, from their brochure "Facts about pool heating"
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