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Pool Heaters for Scottsdale Pools this Winter

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In Scottsdale, pool owner’s like to use their pools year round. With our mild climate and perfect winter temperatures the only thing missing is warm pool water.  Once the temperatures drop below the 70’s at night many Scottsdale Pool owners won’t go near the water because the water is too cold to enjoy.  This is why we suggest putting a heater in your pool.  At Scottsdale Pool Daddy we can help you decide what type of heater is better for your needs.

Pool Heaters

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How does a Heat Pump Pool Heater work?

Heat pump pool heaters use electricity to capture heat.  As the pool pump circulates the water, it is drawn from the pool and through a filter and into the heat pump heater.  The heater itself has a fan that pulls in outside air and pushes it over the evaporator coil.

At this point liquid refrigerant in the evaporator coil absorbs the heat from the outside air converting it into a gas. The gas is then passed through the compressor where it increases the heat.  This very hot gas is then sent through the condenser where the hot gas is transferred to the cool pool water circulating through the heater.  The heated water is then returned to the pool.  Heat pump pool heaters work best in climates where the outside temperatures remain above 45ºF. For more information on these energy efficient pool heating pumps, visit this page from Energy.gov.

How does a Gas Pool Heater Work?

Gas pool heaters are fueled either by natural gas or propane.  As water is circulated through the pump it passes from the filter into the heater. The gas burning in the heater’s combustion chamber generates heat that transfers to the water and is then returned to the pool making your Scottsdale pool warm.  Gas pool heaters are most efficient for a heating pool for short periods of time.  Many pool owners’ use them to quickly heat their pools if they are not using them on a regular basis.

READ MORE: Winter Pool Maintenance in Arizona

What is the best heater for a Scottsdale Pool?

Both types of heater will heat your pool but how you intend to use your pool heaters will determine which one is best for your Scottsdale pool. If your intention is to use your pool everyday then a heat pump pool heater is the most energy efficient choice for your Scottsdale pool since the average outside temperature remains above 45ºF year round.  If you only plan to use your pool occasionally during the colder months or you have a very small pool then a gas pool heaters is probably a great choice for you. Pool Daddy is always ready to help you with this process so call us today to get started with this.


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How to Winterize your Pool in Phoenix this Christmas

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It’s no longer news that we are in the cold and freezing months of winter. Winter brings a lot of good things. It brings the white beauty called snow. But if you own an in-ground swimming pool, it may be the cop that shuts down your pool party.

Which means you have to winterize your pool. You may be thinking “but it’s so warm out, I can use my pool year round!” but unless you plan on using the pool and cleaning it regularly, you may want to consider winterization to save time, effort, and money during the season you probably won’t want to swim.

So what steps should you take to winterize your pool?

Steps of Pool winterization

1. Remove debris

Using a pool vacuum or a net, remove leaves, dirt, bugs, and other debris from the pool water. Clean the skimmer and pump basket. Clean tile with tile cleaner, to prevent buildup over winter.

2. pH levels

Adjust the water to the recommended pH levels to keep corrosion and build up from damaging your pool. Things like alkalinity, calcium, and chlorination should also be checked and adjusted. Some chemical kits are designed for winterization and should be considered. They often contain algaecide and extra chlorine.

3. Be careful of chemical levels

More chlorine isn’t always a good idea. To prevent damage to equipment, avoid using tablets or floaters. If you’ve used a tablet or other chemicals recently, you may want to wait for those chemicals to wear off before adding a winterization kit.

4. Drain water to below the skimmer

Do not fully empty the pool, it can cause freeze damage if temperatures get low enough.

5. Disconnect pumps and heaters

Once the water is drained, unplug pumps and heaters, and if possible, turn them upside down to ensure excess water is removed. You can use a compressor or shop vac to assure all water is removed from a heater. Drain plugs should be removed and stored. Also remove jet fittings, skimmer baskets, and pump baskets.

6. Remove water from all pipes

Using a compressor or a wet-dry shop vac, force all air out of plumbing and skimmers, drain lines, gate valves, etc.

7. Clean filter

Remove filter hoses, spray the filter elements and diatomaceous earth grids with Filter Cleaner, and rinse. Sand filters will need back-washing. Drain water from the filter as well.

8. Flotation device

This is used to balance the rainwater and ice that will form on the winter cover and it eases the pressure on the pool walls.

9. Cover

These covers are stronger and more reliable than summer covers, since they’re meant to withstand rain and ice. Ensure the cover has no rips, tears, or holes. They can be patched to an extent, but replacement may be needed. There are multiple cover options, so do your research or ask your local pool companies.

10. Store diving boards, ropes, floats, and supplies

Keep things like ladders, diving boards, pump baskets, and anything that was removed during winterization and keep them in a garage or other dry place to prevent damage.

You may be wondering if its a little bit too late to get Pool Winterization services in Phoenix. Or “how do you I get a pool service near me?” But don’t worry because Pool Daddy is one fantastic pool service company in Phoenix willing to give you excellent services at great prices.

Contact Pool Daddy about Pool Winterization services. You can do this process yourself, but it never hurts to have the professionals do it.


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Pool Winterization Is Important

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Why Is Pool Winterization Important?Why Is Pool Winterization Important?

A lot of pool owners live in areas in which the temperatures stay fairly stable year round. Arizona is one of those states where you may not think to winterize your pool. However, it may be in your best interest to shut it down and winterize it for the off season. Below we’ll talk about some reasons you may need to fully winterize your pool.

  1. Lack of use: If you don’t plan on using your pool year round, full pool winterization may be in order. If you plan on using your pool throughout Fall and Winter, you may be able to get by without fully shutting the pool down, and you do not have to drain it. Properly winterizing your pool reduces what you need to do weekly or monthly to keep it in working condition for the Spring or Summer.
  2. Temperature: Here in the desert, it can get very cold (even rare below-freezing temperatures in some areas). Properly winterizing your pool will keep pipes from bursting or other problems from arising due to decreased temperatures once the sun goes down.
  3. Save money: If you’re only using your pool a few times throughout the off-season, you don’t need to be spending all of that time and money maintaining your pool. It’s up to you if the weekly maintenance, chemical testing, and cleaning are worth it to keep it open year round, but if you know the monthly cost of running your pool, you may want to close it for the months you won’t be using it.
  4. Save Time: Most of the time, once a pool is winterized, you don’t have to think about it until you want to open it back up. It may be wise to check the levels periodically to make sure the pool winterization kit is doing the job.

Why Is Pool Winterization Important?If you need your pool winterized this season, give us a call. Our team of professionals will get it done quickly and correctly so you can start focusing on Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

In the meantime, use your pool as often as you can, and don’t neglect it. We have weekly pool services available for all of our customers at affordable prices. We can work with above-ground and in-ground pools as well as spas, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and more. Our services include cleaning, repair, installation of equipment, and more. If you have questions, concerns, requests, or require our services, don’t hesitate to call today.

We’ll get your pool winterization up in working condition in no time so you can enjoy it every day.

Our next post will discuss what to do if you want to keep your pool OPEN year round!

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