Spa Heaters

Written by Seth Cotterell
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All outdoor pools and spas require a heater. Even if you live in a very warm climate, an outdoor spa or above ground swimming pool will need a heater in order to regulate the water temperature. Selecting a spa heater is not a difficult task, if you know just a few basics.

Comparing Spa Heaters

First off, you'll need to choose between an electric or gas powered heater. Each type has its own features and benefits, and the choice is often purely a matter of personal preference. Both types of heaters are able to generate adequate power to heat a standard outdoor pool or spa. An adequate heater should generate around 100,000 BTUs.

Installation of gas heaters can be slightly more challenging than electric heaters. Electric heaters are incredibly simple to install. All you have to do is plug it in, that's it. Many can be plugged right into a typical 120 volt outlet. Gas heaters are slightly more challenging because they must be connected to gas lines as well. Hard wiring is required.

Whatever type of heater you use to heat your spa or pool, the benefits are clear. A warmer pool is one that is going to be usable for longer periods of time. Warming your pool with a powerful and efficient heater will allow you to lengthen your pool's usable season and allow you to enjoy a refreshing plunge into its waters even after your neighbors have closed their pools up for the season.

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