Swimming pool season is short for many pool owners. They look longingly into the backyard and see the pool — where they spent so many enjoyable hours with friends and family covered and forlorn. Talk with your swimming pool contractor from Imperial Pools in Champaign, Illinois about how to choose a gas pool water heater to extend the fun you have in your swimming pool.

Enjoying your swimming pool, time with friends and family and the investment you’ve made in the pool can be obtained when you add a pool water heater. Adding a gas water heater is easier today than in the past and they are more efficient than they used to be. With a gas pool water heater you may be able to swim year-round!

How to choose a gas pool water heater

When you’re talking with your pool contractor about a gas pool water heater, here are a few questions to ask:

  1. What is the most energy efficient model I can buy? You want to look for energy efficiency to make running the pool heater and keeping the pool open for more months of the year, something that doesn’t break the family budget. You don’t need to, or want to, buy the biggest heater on the market — buy a pool water heater that is suited for your size swimming pool. If you’re heating a pool that is 20,000 gallons, you will want to invest in a heater that is between 250,000 and 400,000 BTUs.
  2. Will you hire your pool contractor or an electrician to install the heater or will it be a DIY project? You need to know your skill level and if you need to hire it done, don’t forget to factor that into the cost of the heater project.
  3. Ask what the heat unit’s exchanger is made of. You will want to make sure it is of a metal that will hold up to weather conditions and that won’t be costly to replace or repair if necessary. Nickel is one of the best metals for a gas heater as it is more resistant to corrosion.
  4. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of ongoing operating costs for your gas pool water heater.
  5. Check the warranty on the heater itself as well as the warranty or guarantee of the contractor who installed it. Understand what the warranty and guarantee cover, and what is excluded — you don’t want to have any surprises.

If you’re looking for a way to extend your family’s swim season, call us about a pool water heater installation.