ONE OF THE QUESTIONS that occurs with relative frequency in the La Zenia Community Group, is “What is the cost of heating a private swimming pool in 2023?” It's the ultimate summer luxury, but with winter in full swing and rising electricity costs across Europe, just how much does it cost to heat an outdoor private pool in Spain right now?
And who better to answer that question than the people that live here in the South Costa Blanca. Michelle posed the question in the Facebook Community Group earlier this week, asking “Pool heaters, are they worth it?”
Holiday home owners with private pools responded, and whilst the true cost of heating a pool in Spain through the winter will vary on a number of factors, including the electricity supplier and the chosen tariff, the results were surprisingly similar.
How much does it cost to buy a pool heater?
Local home improvements store Leroy Merlin in Zenia Boulevard supplies swimming pool heaters with prices starting from 925 € and exceeding 10.000 € for more powerful models with enough heating capacity to heat the largest of private pools.
Locally, the Pool People in Torrevieja offer a 22 kWh 75.000 Btu pool heat pump with a fitted price of 4.850 €. Their website hasn't been updated since 2015 so that price might be a little outdated, but members reported that they paid an average of 4.500 € for their pool heater.
The company note that the swimming pool season on the Costa Blanca lasts only four months of the year, so it's no surprise that local residents are keen to maximise the use of their pool throughout the year.
The regular ongoing cost of electricity is the main expense associated with maintaining a heated pool in Spain through the cooler months, and increasing electricity prices have made a noticeable difference.
What is the cost of heating a swimming pool in Spain?
“Everything about the pool burns through the electricity, much more than we thought,” wrote Lindsey. Group member Arlene responded, “We have had the pool heat on whilst we have been here and the electric cost is rocketing”.
Members noted that it cost between 200 € and 350 € in electricity per month to maintain their heated pools at a comfortable temperature at this time of year, with an average cost of 265 € per month to heat their pool (around 9€ per day).
Group member Barry also reported that it took two days for the pool to reach the required temperature, and noted that a thermal or solar pool cover was an essential accessory to maintain the temperature without wasting electricity.
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