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Intex Pool Heater Review

June 3rd, 2010

intex-pool-heater.jpgIntex Above Ground pools are a popular choice for economical water fun in the comfort of one’s home. Available in four different styles, Easy Set, Metal Frame, Rectangular Ultra Frame, and Round Ultra Frame, these pools are used not only in the peak of summers, but often in cooler months as well, which requires the water to be heated for use. Solar covers are a good idea for the purpose. Also referred to as solar blankets, these covers trap the solar heat absorbed by pool water and do not let it escape. This can often mean a temperature rise of the pool water of up to 15 degrees. However, using solar energy may not be sufficient at all times. In this case, using the Intex pool heater might be an option.

Many websites on the Internet advertise the Intex pool heater. However, they do not mention that Intex does not produce electric pool heaters for use in USA and Canada. It took a long time researching, trying to figure out how it is that Intex produces electric pool heater, but it is not available in either USA or Canada. The thing is, the Intex pool heater is designed for 3000 W, 220 – 240 V electric systems, which is why it can be used in Europe, Asia, and a few other areas of the world, but is not compatible with 120 V electric systems in USA and Canada. In fact, Intex recommends not using an electric heater at all with Easy Set pools on their USA and Canada website.

The Intex pool heater comes with a long manual with setup instructions and warnings. Extension cords, timers, converter plugs, adapters, and other similar products are strictly not recommended for use in connection with the heater. Attached with quite a few safety features like a switch-off mode if the heater is not upright, the Intex pool heater should positively be kept at a level lower than that of the hose connection. It is also enabled with a thermostat that does not let the water get excessively heated.

Testing the temperature of the pool water with a thermometer is recommended as well. The pool should be used only after the temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and the heater should be used only if the temperature drops lower than 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Overall, the heater is to be used between 63 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The heater should not be used while the pool is occupied. Using Intex pools is not recommended in cases where the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. It is better to drain the pool in winters or it could suffer ice damage.

Designed specially for residential purposes, the Intex pool heater is not recommended to be used in spas or large public pools. They work best for pools with 15 feet diameter or less. For best results and energy preservation, the heater and the solar cover should be used together.

This article was supplied by Nidhi Varma.

2 Responses to “Intex Pool Heater Review”

  1. comment number 1 by: april

    where do you get the heater

  2. comment number 2 by: Roxanne

    My pool is 18 x42 metal frame intex any thoughts on if this heater will do the job?

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