Can You Use A Domestic Boiler To Heat A Swimming Pool?

May 20, 2022 | Swimming Pool, Swimming Pool Boilers, Swimming Pool Heating

Can You Use A Domestic Boiler To Heat A Swimming Pool?

Maybe you need to choose a boiler to heat your brand-new pool? Or perhaps you’ve already got a pool with an existing heating system but need to replace the boiler? Either way, you’re going to need to know what your options are. After all, there’s little point in having a pool here in the UK if you don’t have a way to heat it, or it isn’t going to get much use!

A pool boiler will ensure the pool water remains at the right temperature all through the year so that you can take a dip in the warm water whenever you feel like it. But which kind of boiler should you invest in? The problem is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to heating your swimming pool. There are many different kinds, brands, and sizes of pool boilers, and there is even another option – using a domestic boiler to heat the water.

Many people who are looking for an efficient and effective way to warm their pool water wonder whether it’s possible to use a standard domestic boiler to achieve their goal. So here, we take a closer look at whether or not this is something that you can consider.

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Using A Heat Exchanger With A Domestic Boiler

It is certainly possible to use a domestic boiler to heat your swimming pool. The only caveat is that you need to install a heat exchanger alongside it. When a domestic boiler is used in conjunction with the heat exchanger, your pool can be easily and conveniently heated.

This option works in the following way:

The pool water enters the heat exchanger while the boiler water also goes through it at the same time. However, thanks to the heat exchanger, the water from each source never comes into contact with the other. Instead, the transfer of heat is achieved indirectly.

The hot water from the boiler transfers its heat to the cold water of the pool before releasing it back into the pool. The process is an ongoing one, so that the water can be maintained at the optimal temperature on a continual basis.

What Are The Benefits Of Choosing This Option?

There are several benefits that come with choosing to use a domestic boiler alongside a heat exchanger to heat your swimming pool. Some of the advantages include:

  • Your energy bills will be lower since a domestic boiler will have a higher rating for efficiency.
  • The cost of servicing and repairs will be lower since the parts and components for domestic boilers are more affordable than those for dedicated pool boilers.
  • A domestic boiler with a heat exchanger takes up a lot less space making it a better option for compact areas.
  • As the pool water never enters the boiler, there are fewer incidents of boiler breakdown, saving you money in the long run on repairs and replacements.

Can I Choose A Dedicated Pool Boiler Instead?

Of course, if you would prefer, you can opt for a dedicated gas boiler to heat your swimming pool water rather than opting for a domestic boiler with a heat exchanger. Traditionally, this has been the most popular way to heat pools for some time.

A dedicated gas boiler for a pool works in a different way to how a domestic boiler and heat exchanger works to heat the water.

A pool gas boiler works by burning gas in a combustion chamber to generate heat. That heat becomes transferred into the water that comes from the pool before pumping the hot water back to the pool again. These days, there are some extremely high-quality modern gas pool boilers and they offer some excellent benefits for those who choose to install them. Some of these advantages include:

  • They are cost-effective and affordable to purchase and install.
  • Air temperature has no negative impact on how well they function.
  • They heat up the water rapidly.

Finding The Right Heating Option For Your Pool

There are lots of things to consider when it comes to finding the right heating option to suit your pool. Not only do you need to consider the size, shape and depth of your pool, but you also need to consider your needs in terms of how warm you want the water and how often you intend to use it. With all of this in mind, it makes sense to consult with a team of professionals with expertise in the industry.

Here at Rowden, we are specialists in the field of pool boiler supply, installation, and maintenance. Whether you decide to install a dedicated gas pool boiler or whether you want to use a domestic boiler in conjunction with a heat exchanger to heat your pool water, we can help. Get in touch with us now – we’re looking forward to helping you create a warm and cosy pool!

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