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A General Guide to Pool Heating Options – Part 5

Before selecting a pool heater know your pool

When deciding how to heat your pool it’s important to understand the size of the pool. Since the main job of any pool heater is to heat the pool water at a faster rate than heat is escaping from the surface, you’ll need a heater large enough to heat the surface area of your pool. Then, once the ideal temperature has been reached, your pool heater only needs to run enough to compensate for the lost heat.

The more surface area your pool contains the more power your pool heater will require. Here are a few common pool types and some typical surface area calculations:

Radius of round pools (1/2 diameter) x radius x 3.14

  • Rectangular pools length x width
  • Oval pools 1/2 length x 1/2 width x 3.14
  • Rectangular pools w/ rounded ends length x width x 0.8
  • Kidney-shaped pools length x width x 0.75

If you missed it here is part 1 of A General Guide to Pool Heating options
part 2 of A General Guide to Pool Heating options
part 3 of A General Guide to Pool Heating options
part 4 of A General Guide to Pool Heating options

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