Propane Pool Heaters: 5 Efficiency Tips
If you have a propane pool heater, you know how amazing it can be to jump in a warm pool on a cool morning or evening. You also know that the price you pay for that luxury can be quite high if you don’t help your pool heater run as efficiently as possible. How do you do that?
Five of the best ways to use your propane pool heater:
- Use a pool cover. About 75 percent of your pool’s heat loss occurs at the surface of the water, which is why it is so important to cover your pool when it’s not in use. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), covering your pool will also reduce the need for fill-in water by 30 to 50 percent and reduce chemical use by 35-60 percent – two more reasons to put a lid on it.
- Keep the wind away. Wind increases the speed of heat loss in your pool – try to ease the breeze with a poolside fence or hedge.
- Power down. If you don’t plan to use the pool for several days or more, cover it and drop the pool heater thermostat to 70 degrees. For longer periods on non-use, shut your pool heater off.
- Keep reasonable temps. Remember: it’s a pool, not a spa. For an average sized pool in Massachusetts, the difference between keeping your pool water at 78 vs. 82 degrees (which you won’t notice after a minute or two) will translate to more than $1000 in energy bills over the course of a summer. Keep temperatures on the moderate side and you’ll save a bundle.
- Get routine pool heater maintenance. Routine professional service will keep your pool heater running at its best. In fact, an annual pool heater tune-up will usually pay for itself in efficiency improvements alone – not to mention the long-term benefits of extending the life of your equipment and reducing the need for repairs.
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