Choosing the Right Pool Heater
The acquisition of a pool heater can greatly enhance the amount of time your pool is available for you to enjoy. Heaters can extend the number of swimming hours in a day as well as the number of swimming months in the year. The energy source options available for heating a pool are gas, oil, electricity or solar.
The size of the heater is an important consideration. Although a smaller heater will cost less to buy, it will have to work longer and harder to heat the pool whereby a larger heater will heat it faster and will not have to be constantly running.
At Total Tech, we stock the Pentair Mastertemp and the Raypack Digital Series Gas heaters.
Click here to view our selection of pool heaters and heat pumps or visit our Kingston store at 2793 Princess Street Woodbine Plaza.
Let our expert staff help you choose the right model for your pool.
Some Considerations When Choosing a Gas Heater:
1.Is it a new or replacement unit?
New units will require the installation of a gas line which in some cases can be a major undertaking especially if underground lines are needed. You will have more flexibility in sizing your heater as this is determined by the size of the gas piping. When replacing an existing unit it is important to note the size and make of the old unit in order to choose the best replacement.
2.Will it conform to Codes?
It is very important to ensure that the installation conforms to code as failure to do so can pose significant Safety Concerns and risk having the unit shut down by the authorities. In Canada, gas pool heaters must be at least 10′ from and opening into a home , at least 3′ from a gas meter or air conditioner and when installed in a cabana must be properly vented. There are many other code requirements and a licensed gas fitter should be consulted. Many existing installations do not conform to current codes.
3.Will the heater be indoors ( cabana or shed) or outdoors ?
This is important as it will determine if venting is required.
4.How quickly and efficiently do you want the pool to heat up?
When sizing a heater, pool size , location and desired temperature rise are all factors. In some cases you will be restricted by the size of the existing gas pipe and/or venting.
Important Heater Tip: A certified gas technician should service your gas pool heater annually. This ensures that it runs efficiently and safely. Pool technicians are not certified to start, repair, or maintain pool heaters, and can be fined for doing so.