We have had some beautiful weather thus far this spring, but as I write (mid- afternoon on April 26th), it is in the mid-50’s with a north wind of 25mph—definitely not swimming weather! This cool weather will lower the pool water temperatures in the area by a few degrees.
The average pool water temperature in the Denton area is now in the low 70’s. Although according to the National Oceanographic Data Center, 70-78 degrees is where most people feel comfortable swimming. I have found that a water temperature of 70-78 is a bit cold for most of us north Texans. Most prefer somewhere between 80-84, but it really depends on the individual and what type of swimming is being done.
But for those who heat their pools this time of year, comfortable swimming has been taking place for at least one month. Pool owners who have heaters use them to take the chill out of the water on those warm days when the water is still too cold—like right now.
Pool heaters, in the north Texas area, can stretch the swim season from 5-6 months per year to 9-10 months per year. Due to this fact, now would be an excellent time to consider having a swimming pool heater installed. Having a heater on your pool can assure that you are able to swim from February/March thru November/December.
Pool heaters use one of two fuels—natural gas or propane, depending on what is available. Electric heaters are fine for stand-alone hot tubs, but not cost-effective enough to heat an entire swimming pool.
The basic principle of the pool heater is simple. A gas burner tray creates heat. The heat rises through the cabinet of the heater, raising the temperature of the water that is passing through the coils.
Vast improvements have been made to swimming pool heaters over the past several years, which allow them to be more efficient, cost-effective, and reliable. Another reason that contributes to an increase in pool heater sales is the fact that homeowners hate to spend $30,000 to $100,000+ on a swimming pool and only be able to use it for six months out of the year.
As for what the weather will be this summer, Pete Delkus, Chief Meteorologist of WFAA, recently reported that an El Nino is expected this summer. For us in north Texas, this means a wetter than normal summer. He is predicting a precipitation forecast of 4-5” above normal this summer (June, July, August). It might be a great summer to have a pool heater.
Cost of a pool heater installed, including a gas line, is typically $3,500-$5,000, depending on the size of the heater, length of gas run, etc. If you would like a free estimate on a pool heater, give us a call at (940)891-0500. We will have you swimming in a comfortable pool in no time!