Does a Tampa Swimming Pool Need a Heater?

Summer here in the Tampa Bay area is long and hot.  For at least 6 months of the year, daytime temperatures are in the 90s (hotter in the sun) and nighttime temperatures are in the upper 70s.  As a result, pool water temperatures during the summer are naturally pretty warm for about half the year, but what about the other half?  Is a heater needed or worthwhile for a Tampa swimming pool?
 
A heated pool is useful for many reasons:
 
First, if your pool partially or completely shaded by your house, trees or other obstructions, it may take an extra month or more in Spring to warm up to your liking.
 
Second, a heated pool in Tampa may be helpful because the fall and spring months have high temperatures in the 80s with low temperatures that fall into the 60s or even 50s at night. The low overnight air temperatures can significantly cool the pool water temperature.
 
We at Grand Vista Pools want you to be 100% satisfied with your pool.  This includes not paying extra for things you may not need. This may surprise you, but we recommend not installing an electric, gas or solar pool heater during pool construction. (Yes, that's right a Tampa pool builder that doesn't try to sell you on every upgrade. Shocking! 😉 )
 
Instead, we recommend taking a full season to observe when and how you use your pool. If a heater makes sense for your family, we can always come back and install it later. The cost to install a pool heater later is about the same as to install it during the pool construction.
 
A solar pool heating system can increase your swimming season by 4-6 weeks in the spring and another 4-6 weeks in the fall, providing as much as 12 additional weeks of swimming each year.  However, during the winter (December through February) when temperatures average 70s during the day and 50s at night, many people find it to be too cold to swim, even with a heated pool in Florida
 
Tampa Swimming Pool Cooling Systems?
 
Some Tampa swimming pools - especially those with no screen enclosure or shade - can actually become too warm.  It's not very refreshing to get into what feels like bath water when it's 95 degrees outside!  If you find yourself in this situation, a cooling system can be installed to cool down your pool to a more refreshing temperature.  Like a heating system, a pool cooling system can be installed after you've had a season to observe your pool usage and comfort level.
 
Whether a pool heating system or cooling system make sense for your swimming pool depends a lot on where your pool is located and your personal preferences. This is why at Grand Vista Pools, we meet with our customers to discuss all the details before we get started. 
 
If you are ready to get started on your new swimming pool in Tampa, Trinity, Tarpon Springs or anywhere in the Bay area, please contact us at Grand Vista Pools today!

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