Can Fibreglass Pools Have Heating?

When the weather starts to cool down, your swimming pool may not get as much use as it does the rest of the year. Heating is a great option if you don’t like swimming in cold water and want to be able to use your pool whenever you like but, can your fibreglass pool have heating? The short answer is, yes! Throughout this article, we’ll share everything you need to know.

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Why Should You Consider A Heating System For Your Pool?

Unlike some other parts of the country, we don’t have painfully cold winters here in Queensland however, that doesn’t mean it’s warm enough to go swimming. Even in the hottest parts of the country, the water temperature will drop below 20 degrees during the colder months. For those residing in cooler climates, such as Tasmania and Melbourne, this may seem warm as their water temperature can sit between 16 to 22 degrees in the middle of summer. Regardless of where you live, if you want to be able to relax in your pool, not just vigorously exercise to keep warm, you can’t go past a heating system. One of the many great things about fibreglass pools is they insulate and retain heat for far longer than some other pool types. They heat up faster too, which is perfect for when you want to use the pool at short notice.

What Type Of Heating System Is Best For My Fibreglass Pool?

There are three main types of pool heating systems. Each has its pros and cons and, it’s ultimately up to you which one you think will serve you and your family best. Here is a rundown of three to give you an idea:

Solar Heating

Solar heating is a popular option amongst homeowners. Rather than relying on artificial energy, it harnesses natural energy from the sun to heat the pool water. It is environmentally friendly and places little to no impact on the earth. Not only that, solar can save you a considerable amount of money on your electricity bill compared to the other types. Heating can be a big energy consumer so saving money is always a good thing especially if you intend on using it often. The only downfall to a solar heating system is that if there are a lot of clouds, rain, or it’s nighttime, it doesn’t work as well which can be a hassle if you want to use the pool, but the solar heating system is not able to warm the water efficiently.

How Does It Work?

A solar heating system is run via a solar pump, and it only uses the smallest amount of energy, around 1 kW per hour. Coldwater from the pool is pumped up through many solar absorber capillary tubes where it is heated. It is then transported back to your pool at an elevated temperature. They can increase the water temperature by up to 10 degrees.

Electric Heating

An electric heating system is slightly more expensive to run than a solar heating system, but they tend to be more effective. They work by collecting heat from the air and transferring it to the pool via a heat exchanger.

Because they don’t rely on the sun to work, they can collect heat from the air 24 hours a day, even at nighttime and when it’s overcast. They also heat the pool faster than a solar heating system which is another advantage. The downfalls are they cost more to run than solar and they aren’t as eco-friendly.

Gas Heating

Gas pool heating is the most effective heating system you can purchase for your pool, it’s also the most expensive to run. As it doesn’t rely on heat from the air or the sun to work, you can heat your pool on demand to a temperature that suits, regardless of the weather. They heat the water fast and it only takes around an hour for a spa to heat up. The downfalls are the cost. Using it often can see your electricity bills skyrocket and they aren’t the best for the environment either. Most opt to have a solar heating system as their main source of heating, with a gas heating system used as a backup. This way they can heat their pool whenever they want for the least cost.

How Does It Work?

Gas is burned, copper coils are heated and the pool water passes through them and gets heated.

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Deciding Which Heating System Is Best For Your Pool

Deciding which heating system to choose depends on how important heating for your pool is to you and how much you are willing to spend each year on running it. Before you make your choice, here are some things to consider:

  • Your climate where you live, will you benefit from a heating system or is it unnecessary?
  • Does it bother you if you don’t use your swimming pool during winter?
  • How often do you want to use your pool?
  • Does your home see a lot of sun during the day?
  • Do you rely on your pool for relaxation or hydrotherapy purposes?

You May Benefit Greatly From Heating If:

The young and old generally aren’t as active, so when they are in the pool, they aren’t going to keep as warm because they won’t be moving as much or as vigorously.

If You Want To Use Your Pool For Relaxation Or Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is a fantastic way to recover from injuries and alleviate pain and muscle tension. Doing this in cold water though is unenjoyable for most. Heating can help you get the most from your session and allows you to work on your health year-round rather than having to put it on hold over winter.

If You Live In A Cold Climate

You could enjoy your pool for longer by installing a heating system. In the cooler months, swimming may be unbearable. Heating is a great solution.

When Does My Heating Have To Be Installed?

You can have your heating installed before or after your pool has been built, but if it’s something you want, it’s best to speak to your builder in the design phase of your pool build as it may be easier and cheaper to install it at the same time as your pool. Your pool builder will also be able to offer professional advice on which heating type you may need given your climate and pool capacity.

Heating Has More Pros Than Cons

As outlined above, pool heating systems have their pros and cons, but they can make your swimming more enjoyable, and they may add value to your home too!

We hope this post has given you an idea of heating and whether you and your family want it for your swimming pool. If you have any questions about pool heating, just ask! Our friendly team here at Barrier Reef Pools Queensland are happy to help if we can.