Installing above ground pools is clearly cheaper and less work when compared to in ground pools however it requires considerable commitment (usually your site turns out not to be as level as you thought). The good news is that there is a large range of pools available for sale in varying sizes shapes and depths. To see what you can buy CLICK HERE. Tips on installing your pool can be found HERE.
When it comes to heating your pool you have a number of models to choose from which are made specially for the purpose. These differ from in ground pool heaters as they are lower powered, and hence cheaper, as the volume of water to be heated is smaller.
When looking at above ground pool heaters there are a number of options. As the volume of water is relatively small it is possible to use an direct electric pool heater. These are cheaper than gas heaters and easier to install. However, they are not cheap to run as they use a significant amount of electricity which is more expensive than gas.
Gas heaters made for above ground pools (such as the Pentair Mastertemp 125) are lower powered than those for in-ground pools (such as the Raypak 2100). Since an above ground pool is usually relatively small you don’t use up that much energy as the heater only needs to maintain the temperature of a relatively small volume of water.
Another option when looking at above ground pool heaters is a solar pool heater. You can buy small cheap solar panels but it is generally agreed that the solar panels need to cover the same area as the surface of the pool to be heated. They also need to be sited at the right angle, facing south and in an unshaded position. Since most above ground swimming pools are not that big, you don’t need to have a very large space for the solar panels. However, proper solar pool heater systems can be expensive to buy and setup, do have running costs and of course depend on the weather – that’s why most people opt for gas or electric heaters.
Today a good energy efficient way to heat a pool is to use an electric heat pump (like the AquaCal TropiCal Heat Pump). Heat Pumps are very efficient because they don’t produce heat they just “pump” heat from the air into the water.
When using a pool heater you can greatly increase its efficiency, and reduce your costs, by using a pool cover when the pool is not being used. Pool covers insulate the pool and minimize evaporation so limiting heat loss. As a result the pool heater will not use as much energy to keep the pool temperature steady.
If you are looking at above ground pool heaters keep the above points in mind so that you can maximize your enjoyment of the pool whilst minimizing the cost. Click this link to see the above ground pool heaters reviewed on this site