how to size a pool heater

Sizing Your Pool Heater

When I first started working in the pool industry, one of the areas I always tried to avoid was helping customers size their pool heaters. I’m not sure what made me uncomfortable about sizing heaters but I avoided it like the plague. One thing I did know was that when it came down to heaters and heat pumps, the bigger the better. Although true, I learned that some pool owners actually prefer efficiency over size. Eventually, I realized that my “bigger is better” line wasn’t always the best advice for every pool set up and sooner, rather than later, I’d have to learn how to size a heater for a pool owner.

So, exactly how do you size a heater for your pool? Let’s do this together.  (more…)

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how does a solar pool heater work?

How Does a Solar Pool Heater Work?

Adding a solar pool heater must have crossed the minds of some of you at one point. Maybe you wanted to make an effort to go green, but most likely it was after seeing your pool heater’s first big gas bill. How it works, what’s it made of, and which is the best for your pool are things that remain a mystery to some pool owners. Well, never fear, we will give you the basics of solar pool heating. (more…)

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High Elevation Pool Heaters

Do I Need a High Elevation Heater?

Hello my friends who love the thin air of places like, but not limited to, the Rocky Mountains, Arizona or New Mexico; this blog is just for you. If you are a homeowner looking to lengthen your pool season, then a gas heater is just the trick. A well sized unit can add weeks or even months onto the pool season. However, not all heaters are created equal; some have limits to their application. One of those limitations is how high above sea level it can be installed. We will take you through some of the limitations and also help you determine your elevation properly.

An especially elevation-sensitive heater brand is Raypak, but that is due to how finely tuned their heaters are to maximize their burn. Their heaters are optimized to an atmospheric air/fuel mixture that is optimal from 0 – 2000 feet. A standard Raypak heater installed above that range will not light or will clunk out because of lack of air. Humans may get a little light headed from lack of oxygen, but heaters can create carbon monoxide that can kill. (more…)

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