Whether you own a small lap pool that you use to train in or are responsible for the upkeep of a large municipal swimming pool, there is one big factor to take into consideration—the cost of running it. Of course, there are certain running costs that come with a large body of water that is filled from the mains supply, as most Australian pools are. You will need to top your pool up occasionally, and you will also have to pay money for consumables, such as chlorine and other cleaning agents, that are a normal part of swimming pool expenses.
However, you should also consult your pool contractors about the sort of heating system you will install, since this constitutes one of the greatest ongoing expenses associated with running a pool. What are the most cost-effective pool heating options your contractors could fit for you?
Pool Heat Pumps
These devices work by drawing in warm air from the atmosphere rather than using a heating element, so they are reasonably cheap to run over the course of the summer. Because air is used to heat water, they are not the most efficient devices, but that hardly matters if the resource they are making use of is freely available. In the long, hot Australian summer, they are particularly effective due to their low usage of electrical energy. In addition, a heat pump of this type makes use of hot air and not the sun's rays. This means that it is effective at pool heating even when it is a cloudy day.
Solar Pool Heating
This method of heating a pool costs a bit more than other methods in terms of initial outlay, but it means being able to keep your water warm enough to swim in with hardly any continuing costs at all. Solar pool heating relies on an enclosed system of pipes that transfer heat to the pool's water. Energy is captured from the sun's rays in solar panels, which are usually placed on a nearby roof. This method of heating can also be used to help warm your domestic hot water supply, so you can have cheap hot showers after a dip as well as heated pool water.
Black Hose Heating
If you wind up a long section of black hose into a spiral and allow cold water from the tap to warm up inside, then you can heat it for free. Essentially, the dark colour of the hose radiates heat into the water inside. After it has been left in the sun for a few hours, you can tip it into your pool. The main drawback is that this method looks unsightly. You should also know that only limited amounts of water can be heated this way in a single go. Essentially, you are limited by the length of the hose being used. On the other hand, hosepipe is very inexpensive.
For more information, reach out to a business that provides pool heating services.