Here in Connecticut, our fall season is magnificent. With all of the autumn leaves turning bright and festive before winter sets in, now is a great time to get outdoors. With winter comes snow and oftentimes a habit of hibernating so why not make the most of your beautiful outdoor pool and take several nice heated dips in the crisp fall air before it’s time to winterize your pool.

When it comes to heating options to make your water comfortable, there are several popular technologies available today. Before you make your selection, review the main differences between these sources of heat:

Liquid Propane or Natural Gas
When shopping for pool heaters, it’s a good idea to decide whether you want your equipment to run on natural gas or liquid propane. This may depend upon how your property is set up but it’s a good thing to keep in mind both availability and price for each type.

Electronic Start or Millvolt Heaters
Millvolt heaters use a pilot light similar to your stove or water heater and the pilot light must stay lit 24/7. In contrast, an electronic start pool heater initiates the heating process with the push of a button.

Normal Emissions or New “Low NOx”
New developments in the industry have come out with heaters designed to release fewer emissions than the regular heaters. These newer heaters are also more efficient and transfer a higher heat to your pool’s water quicker. Note that they often are accompanied by a higher price tag for this trade off.

How Heaters Work
Regardless of the heater you select, heaters work by burning fuel to create a heat source. Water from your pool is then passed through a heat exchanger to warm the water before returning to your pool. This process gradually raises the temperature of your overall pool and is a great way to extend the use of your backyard space into the fall season.