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To Leave or Not To Leave Pool Heater On Overnight

Most pool owners, if not all, want to save both on water and power or gas from heaters. Some ways to save are keeping the pool well maintained and regular checking of the pumps, filters, and other equipment if they are working fine. The question most pool owners have is if it is possible to have low energy or gas consumption when you leave pool heater on overnight or will it cost you more. Stay and read on to learn the key to managing the water temperature for a cheaper cost.

Before, many people view pool heaters as a luxury. Today, swimming pool heaters are essential for recreational activities, exercise mediums, and therapy. When it comes to costs and efficiency, they both depend on the users, as well as the climate.
The recommended pool temperature is between 78°F to 82°F. Those who are in warmer areas can save more due to cheaper heating costs, which is only at around 75°F to 78°F. However, in some areas, 80°F is still a bit cold for children and elders.
If the pool does not have a solar cover, the temperature of the water tends to drop a few degrees, like around 4°F to 5°F. A solar cover can help by absorbing the heat energy from the sun and will transfer it to the water. It can prevent evaporation and heat loss, especially at night, allowing you to save up to 50% of your consumption.
The decision as to whether leaving the pool heater on or off overnight relies on your usages and plans. Turning off the heater is advisable if you will be out for a couple of days or if you only plan to swim during weekends. There's no advantage to have the heater turned on all week long.
As mentioned, the climate affects the heating process. Some heaters may take 24 hours before it gets the desired heat, while others can do it overnight. The best way is to switch it on the night before so you can have a warmer pool the next day.
For those who want to keep their pool warm all day and night, lowering the temperature is better than shutting it off. Turning it off at night means more work for the heater the next day, which equally means higher energy or fuel consumption. Meaning, the heating process will have to be on its higher rate to make up the lost heat. Waiting for the water to warm up from a lower temperature could eat up most of your daytime swimming.
Most heaters today have heat adjustment or thermostat. Set it on the desired temperature. If it has a manual setting, mark both lowest and highest temperature, so you will not have trouble adjusting it each time you want to change the setting. Having a thermometer in the pool can also help manage the warmth of the water.
You can only get the maximum benefits of a pool heater if you know how and when to use it. Seek professional advice if the heater that you have is the right one for your pool. The efficiency of a water heater is also based on the pool size and the environment.
It is more relaxing to know that your pool equipment can provide both comfort and convenience for a lesser cost. Regular pool users can have a worry-free swimming time if they leave pool heater on overnight on a lower setting instead of reheating the water from a lower temperature, which costs more..

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