Solar heaters use the sun to naturally warm the pool up, and they can increase your swim-season by up to two months.
With solar heaters, water temperature will depend largely on weather conditions, but in general, you’ll achieve quite a comfortable temperature. Solar is also the best option in terms of cost and environmental efficiency.”
You’ve also got electric heat pumps, which have improved a lot over the years. They will help your pool maintain a consistent temperature, but they’ll also need a bit of time to generate heat. They’re not the ideal option if you want a pool heated overnight.
In addition to pool heaters, I’d recommend using a pool cover to insulate the water and retain heat overnight.
Pool covers also help to reduce your chemical requirements over winter – as well as the amount of evaporation your pool experiences.
About the author
Co-founder of the award-winning Willoughby-based Landart Landscapes, Matt Leacy has more than 20 years’ experience in design, construction and maintenance services across landscaping and pool installation for both residential and commercial properties.
Matt is a qualified structural landscaper, designer, horticulturalist and current board member – and former president – of the LNA Master Landscapers Association, which isthe equivalent of the Master Builders Association for the landscaping industry.
Matt has also worked with City of Sydney in recent years, spearheading their Living Colour installations to bring life and colour to inner-city streets.
Matt is a regular media commentator and column writer and also co-hosted Channel Nine’s Garden Gurus and three seasons of Domestic Blitz, as well as recently featuring in ABC TV’sDream Gardens.
A selection of Matt’s work can be found at the newly rebranded www.landart.com.au