Choosing a gas or solar pool heater is a daunting task. There are many advantages and disadvantages with each. It’s best to compare various makes and models to get the perfect match for the amount of water that needs heated. Here’s a list of pros and cons to help better decide the right fit for your set-up.
Gas Pool Heaters
These pool heaters run on both natural gas and propane to warm the water for swimming. Over many years gas heaters have been the most popular units, but for heating your pool their popularity has dropped because of rising gas prices. Here in the Palmdale, Quartz Hill and Lancaster area though, where the winters are not cold and harsh like the east coast, these heaters are still heavily used. Factor in new energy-efficient heat pumps that are getting more popular the costs to run can vary with each type of heater. Also consider how many days out of the year you use your pool.
Gas Heater Pros
- Cheaper with models for $1500
- Run separate to the air temp
- Heats swimming pool faster
Gas Heater Cons
- Pricey to run costing up to $500 monthly
- Save less energy when operating
- Needs replacing within 5 years
- Not friendly to the environment
Solar Pool Heaters
Solar pool heaters use the sun to bring power to your swimming pool via solar panels. The panels soak up sun rays and collect heat. Once hot water passes through the panels heating the water it then gets pushed through your pump. In climates that get less sun an auxiliary heaters is often used. These units need space to set up and sometimes finding the best place is not easy.
Solar Heater Pros
- Cost less to run $50-$150 monthly
- Can heat water for up to 20 years
- Energy-efficient when used with pumps
- Environmentally safe with no pollution
Solar Heater Cons
- Setups cost more at over $5,000
- Will not run during nighttime
- Sub par performance on cloudy days
- Panels placed on roof & lawn may not look good
If you’re in the Palmdale, Lancaster and Quartz Hill area and are unsure which heater is best give us a call. We will answer any questions about upgrading or repairing pool heaters. We have over 20 years of experience working with all makes, types and models of pool heaters. Our aquatic technicians are specialists that can complete many heater projects that other repairmen can’t.
You’ve heard it all over the news. Southern California is in a drought. As a pool cleaning company in the Lancaster Palmdale area we know all about extended periods of hot weather with no rain. There’s been lots of debates on swimming pools and the water they use. Recent studies show that a turf lawn that’s the same size as your swimming pool uses more water over a three-year period if your pool is 500 square ft. with a deck size of 500 square ft compared to a 1,000 sq. feet of landscaping. California is in a bad drought and swimming pool owners have a bad rap for having a watery oasis to escape to in their backyards. Many water companies have even stopped new pool construction projects. At same time they put limits on the amount water your pool can use. Now after some time to look at the situation more closely water agencies are finding out that having swimming pools are not the water wasters like first thought.
Pools vs Lawns During a Drought
Expert research shows that pools and the adjoining deck areas use the same water amount as your front lawn that is the same in size. Another water saving tip is to make sure you repair your swimming pool equipment when any issues arise. Leaking pumps and filters can really waste water. Another water saving tip is to have a pool cover. In the course of a few years your pool may even use less water with a cover by cutting the evaporation rate by 50%. This makes your pool use much less water compared to maintaining grass and just as efficient as a drought resistant landscape. Summer is here in Lancaster and Palmdale so don’t feel guilty about enjoying pool for a refreshing swim.
There’s no better time for Lancaster and Palmdale swimming pool owners than relaxing and swimming in your backyard paradise during hot summer months. Swimming pool safety is a constant for keeping your children and guests safe while enjoying your backyard water playground. Death by drowning is a major cause of death for children between the ages of one and four. For babies and toddlers drowning accidents when swimming is one of the greatest risks parents can face. The best way to keep a person from an accidental drowning is to make sure the proper measures in place to keep your water swim safe. Fences around your pool’s perimeter, life jackets and adult supervision are a few reasons on the top of the list. Also having some one who knows CPR near the pool is a huge benefit for keeping you, your family and guests safe while enjoying the water. When added up all the above safety tips will cut the risks of accidents and potential drowning situations.
Swimming Pool Safety For Lancaster & Palmdale Pools and Spas
A four-sided fence that acts as a barrier between your home and the water can cut drownings by children and toddlers by 50%. The fence is no lower than four feet in height with latching gates that open out. For many parents keeping your swimming pool or spa safe means making sure young ones know how to swim at an early age is a great safety measure that reduces accidental drownings and injuries. A child as young as one years old and can learn to swim in water. Professional swimming lessons for children under the age of 4 can lower swimming accidents by almost 90%. Having life jackets near by and available for less experienced swimmers is also another vital pool safety item to have. Adult supervision is always necessary when young and inexperienced swimmers are in and around the water. Always keep in mind that a small child should never be left alone near the water. It can only take 5 minutes of a child being out of sight for a drowning to occur. Supervision means just that. It does not mean sitting outside texting or talking on your phone or playing board games while a youngster is swimming nearby. When enjoying a swim in the water with your child always be an arm’s length away. Yourself or someone on hand when people are swimming that knows CPR is also a vital part of keeping everyone in your swimming pool area safe. If an accidental drowning does occur by having yourself or another person present who knows CPR can dramatically cut drowning injuries.
Besides professionally maintaining swimming pools and spas in Lancaster, Palmdale and Quartz Hill CA we also like to do what we can to help protect our customers and the community. We hope these tips help keep you, your family and guests swimming safely for years to come!
We’re often asked what type of pool maintenance is best after it rains. On average Lancaster, Palmdale, and Quartz Hill get 8 inches of rain per year. That means there are lots of weeks of dry weather. A swimming pool can get very dirty after it rains. Leaves and other debris especially after heavy winds will find its way into your water. A heavy rain can lessen your water chemistry and throw off the pH balance. If the rain is light still checking the chemistry is a smart thing to do. The most vital part of pool maintenance for residential outside pools after a heavy rain is to fully clean the pool surface and bottom. Then check the current water chemistry levels inspecting alkalinity, pH and sanitizer levels. After cleaning a test of your water chemistry will give info on changes with alkalinity that will change to keep the pH balanced. Rain will make your water dirty and inspecting chlorine and sanitizer levels will help make sure any harmful agents are properly treated. Heavy rains will also increase the overall water level and if it’s too much an easy fix is to drain some water out by using the waste setting on your pump.
Post Rain Palmdale & Lancaster Pool Maintenance
Shocking your pool is also a good idea when maintaining your pool after a rain storm. With a heavy rain all sorts of contaminants can and will make their way from the deck, patio and other spots into your water. Shocking your water will help reduce any health risks and make sure the water is swim safe. Speaking of safety, it’s always best to stay out of the pool during thunder and lighting storms. A good rule to follow is if you hear thunder it’s time to exit the water. Our company has been maintaining commercial swimming pools and cleaning residential pools in the Lancaster, Palmdale and Quartz Hill communities for 22 years and are always available to help.
Lancaster and Palmdale pool owners can save $200 with Edison pool pump rebates when updating single speed pumps to an energy-saving variable speed model. Switching out old pumps for a variable speed will cut energy costs up to 75%. Variable speed pool pumps don’t need much electricity and run at lower speeds compared to single-speed pumps. One speed pumps run at the same rate no matter what the task is. The $200 Edison pool pump rebates are ongoing but why wait to start saving money and help the environment and your pocket. Cut energy your pump and motor use with a variable speed pump that runs on a timer and operates cooler and quieter. If can’t recall repairing or replacing your pool pump in the last 8 years then you may have an older single speed model. All single family homes in Palmdale, Lancaster, Quartz Hill or the Antelope Valley qualify for the Edison rebate.
Edison Pool Pump Rebates Palmdale, Lancaster, Quartz Hill
Our pool cleaning company has installed and repairing swimming pool pumps in Lancaster, Palmdale, Quartz Hill and many parts of the Antelope Valley for 22 years now. We’ve noticed that pool owners can save $500 to $800 each year when replacing your single speed pump. That’s quite a large savings to say the least. For energy savings you can expect anywhere from 50%-75% off your electricity bill. Current Edison customers can get the rebate with two easy steps. First you need to buy a new variable speed pump and second you will need to send the completed Edison rebate application to Edison. Rebates are for single-family homes, condos and mobile homes in Lancaster, Palmdale, Quartz Hill and all Antelope Valley Edison customers. With summer near and more time being spent outside by the pool give yourself a break from the hot summer heat and why not do the same for your pump too! Feel free to reach out and call to speak with one of our aquatic technicians today about installing a new variable speed pump. One we know the size of your pool we can make recommendations on the right pump and costs associated with installing it.