Five Ways to Increase Pool Heater Efficiency

pool heater efficiency north carolinaIf you’ve never run a propane pool heater before, you may be in for a surprise the first time you use it – especially if you run it before temperatures start to really rise this summer in North Carolina.

Here’s why: the average propane pool heater burns about one gallon of propane per hour per 100,000 Btus. Since a propane pool heater for a standard-sized pool (~21,000 gallons) outputs 400,000 Btus, you will burn about four gallons of propane per hour.

So how many hours will the heater run for? That requires a little bit of math (bear with us).

While you won’t always need to raise the temperature in your pool by 10 degrees, you can still see that you use quite a bit of propane to keep your pool warm – and that means you should do all you can to make your pool heater run more efficiently.

How do you do that? Here are five suggestions:

  1. Use a pool cover – Evaporation accounts for 70 percent of a pool’s heat loss, so put a lid on it when it’s not in use!
  2. Retain a pool temperature of between 78-80 degrees – Every degree you raise the temperatures increases energy costs dramatically; keep water warm, but not spa-warm.
  3. Lower the thermostat when the pool isn’t being used – If you don’t plan to use the pool for a few days, cover it and drop the thermostat to 70 degrees. For longer periods, shut the heater off.
  4. Install a fence or hedge – to protect your pool from wind and heat loss.
  5. Have your pool heater serviced annually – Like any fuel-burning appliance, a pool heater needs to be maintained regularly to run at its best. In fact, an annual tune-up for your pool will usually pay for itself in efficiency improvements alone – not to mention the long-term benefit to your pool heater that routine maintenance will provide.

Enjoying your heated pool? Great! Just make sure you have enough propane on hand to keep it running. Contact James Oxygen today to learn more about reliable propane deliveries in western North Carolina!