When to start heating your pool for winter in Miami

Pool Heater Buying Guide

At a time when we’re reminded to be thankful for what we have in our lives, one thing is for certain: Floridians can be thankful for (nearly) year-round outdoor swim weather. But with energy costs rising and no end in sight, you might keep a close eye on all things energy-related in your house. And that includes your pool heater.

South Florida winters are generally pleasant. The temperature usually hovers in the 60s and 70s. For many, this is just short of perfect pool weather … BUT a pool heater can help you dial in your “Goldilocks” pool temperature to “just right.”

But what exactly is “just right” for you and your energy budget will depend on a number of factors. When’s the right time to turn your pool heater on? Let’s answer that question in more detail.

The benefits of having a pool heater in South Florida

Pool heaters aren’t just for cooler climates or northern states! In fact, there are a number of reasons you might want to purchase a pool heater:

  • Extend your swim season
  • No need to halt your routine
  • Host winter pool parties
  • Enjoy outdoor exercise in cooler weather
  • Enjoy more night swimming
  • Maximize your home’s investment
  • Some pool heaters can also cool the pool, an added benefit for Miami’s summer weather

The right time to turn on your pool heater

There are a number of factors that determine how long it takes for your pool to heat up:

  • Pool heater type (heat pump, gas, solar, etc.)
  • Water temperature
  • Air temperature
  • Pool size and depth

All these factors included, it will normally take only one or two hours to heat your entire backyard pool.

So when is the right time to turn on your pool heater? Whenever you’re ready to use it!

This is unlike your home’s thermostat, which you would usually leave on throughout the winter at the same temperature to save energy, or setting it at a slightly lower temperature when you’re not at home.

So unless you immediately wake up and go for a swim, you can easily turn on the pool heater whenever you’re ready to use your pool. Then, just turn it off when you’re done to maximize energy savings.

How much will it cost to heat my pool this winter?

We get this question a lot, and many people think it’s going to add hundreds to their electric bill — not true! We have long told our customers that you can heat your pool for about a dollar a day. So, even if energy costs increase, heating your pool shouldn’t break your bank!

What kind of pool heater should I get?

Now that you know when to turn on your heater and how little it costs to operate it, you might be in the market for a new one. If you’re interested in extending your swim season, check out our Pool Heater Buying Guide for ideas! We have several in stock to fit your budget and pool’s size.