Why Heat Your Pool?
A heated pool can double or even triple your comfortable swim season.
The unfortunate reality is that a screened pool is only 80°F or warmer in Florida for about three months in Central Florida and perhaps 4-1/2 months in South Florida. Screened pools near the coast and in urban surroundings will be the warmest, possibly reaching 83–85°F between the last week of July through the first week in September.
Open pools are usually a few degrees warmer than screened pools because the pool surface receives more direct solar energy. An open pool may stay above 80°F for over four months.
With a fairly typical residential swimming pool, patio deck and screen enclosure now running between $25,000 and $50,000, it makes absolutely no sense if you are only able to enjoy your pool for three months of the year. Especially when Florida’s climate offers nine months or more of great outdoor weather.
A pool heater increases the value of your home and allows you to get more enjoyment and relaxation out of your swimming pool investment. The many benefits include:
- Great form of low-impact exercise
- Fun for the kids
- Time as a family and a reason for the kids to stay close to home
- Late night swimming
- Poolside entertaining
- Increased property value
- Better return on your pool investment
Naturally, many of us might not go near the pool during the winter months, even if the pool is heated. The air temperature is just too cold for pleasant swimming much of the time. On the other hand, Florida’s typical winter weather pattern—alternating cold fronts and mild temperatures—means there can be periodic three to five day stretches of pleasant weather here even during the winter.
Still, even if you never go near your pool during the winter, a pool heater can double and, in some cases, triple your comfortable swim season, by opening up those wonderful spring and fall days when the weather is beautiful but that pool is just too nippy.