Cody Pools Named The #1 Pool Builder in the Nation for the 10th Year in a Row

Cody Pools has been named the #1 Pool Builder in the nation by Pool and Spa News Magazine in their list of the Top 50 Pool Builders list for 2022.

This marks the 10th year in a row that Cody Pools has won the award, beginning in 2013.

“I want to thank our amazing customers and dedicated team for helping to make Cody Pools the #1 pool builder in the nation for the 10th year in row” states Mike Church, President & CEO of Cody Pools.

“Last year we were able to bring on even more locations and companies such as Platinum Pools, which serves the Houston, Texas market & California Pools and Landscape, which serves Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding areas”, he adds.

Pool and Spa News Magazine, published by Hanley Wood, LLC, is the largest publication in the swimming pool and hot tub industry. Each year, the magazine names the Top 50 pool builders in residential construction.

The Top 50 are a prestigious line-up of the pool industry’s best performers and provide a good example of how to run a successful building company. Criteria for choosing the Top 50 include revenue, staff, web presence, industry and community involvement.

Winning companies are featured in the electronic & print issue of Pool and Spa News Magazine, which are available here:

About Cody Pools
Cody Pools was established in 1994 and has been the Nation’s #1 Pool Builder for 10 years in a row, having built over 30,000 swimming pools, with offices throughout Texas, Florida & Arizona.

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Cody Pools Announces $40,000 Donation To The Texas Oncology Foundation

Cody Pools, the #1 Pool Builder in the United States, announces a $40,000 donation to the Texas Oncology Foundation, through their fundraising efforts from their annual Cody Shack golf tournament.

This donation is planned to be used to support multiple programs within The Texas Oncology Foundation, including assisting to transport people to and from radiation treatments, when they cannot afford or coordinate a ride otherwise.

“We are so happy to that we could help give back to The Texas Oncology Foundation, and very proud of the Cody Pools team & our vendors for coming out and supporting their cause” states Mike Church, President & CEO of Cody Pools.

Cody Pools holds an annual Cody Shack golf tournament each year, with the proceeds being donated to a charity, part Cody Pool’s giving initiatives driven by Kelley Church at Cody Pools.

About Cody Pools
Cody Pools is the #1 Pool Builder in the nation for 9 years running. They have designed and built over 20,000 swimming pools since their inception in 1994. They have built a reputation as a world acclaimed pool builder built on providing uncompromising quality, award-winning designs, and leadership.

Cody Pools has offices in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Tampa/St. Petersburg & the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area.

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Cody Pools Named as the #1 Pool Builder in the Nation for the 9th Year in a Row!

Cody Pools has been named as the #1 Pool Builder in the nation by Pool and Spa News Magazine in their list of Top 50 Pool Builders for 2021.

This marks the 9th year in a row that Cody Pools has won the award, including 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and now 2021.

“It is with great pride that I am pleased to announce Cody Pools is the #1 pool builder in the nation for the 9th year in row. This would not be possible without the great team we have” states Mike Church, President & CEO of Cody Pools. “2020 was a very challenging year having to deal COVID-19 and working from home. Great job! Everyone should be proud of themselves.”, he adds.

Pool and Spa News Magazine, published by Hanley Wood, LLC is the largest publication in the swimming pool and hot tub industry. Each year, the magazine names the Top 50 pool builders in residential construction.

The Top 50 are a prestigious line up of the pool industry’s best performers and provide a good example of how to run a successful building company. Criteria for choosing the Top 50 include revenue, staff, web presence, industry and community involvement.

Winning companies are featured in the June 3rd electronic & print issue of Pool and Spa News Magazine, available here:

About Cody Pools
Cody Pools was established in 1994 and has been the Nation’s #1 Pool Builder for 9 years in a row, having built over 15,000 swimming pools.

Established in 1994 and based in the greater Austin, Texas area, Cody Pools has 8 locations in Texas & 1 location in Florida, serving the greater Austin, San Antonio, Killeen, Waco, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston and Tampa areas.

Cody Pools is an Association of Pool & Spa Professionals Certified Pool Builder and an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau. For more information, please visit and to learn more today.

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Certified Pool Renovations: Pool Remodeling in Tampa

Just because you already have a pool, it doesn’t mean you can’t renovate your pool or add any number of impressive new features. Pool Renovation and Pool Remodeling can include items such as installing custom lighting, waterfalls, spas, custom rock features, and so much more. Giving your pool a face lift can mean the difference between a bland outdoor play place and your own private resort.

If you’re considering pool renovating or pool remodeling for your swimming pool, you’ve come to the right place.Challenger Pools is the company you’ll want to call to make sure the job is done right, the first time. And, with our 10 year warranty on quartz and lifetime warranty on pebble finishes, you can relax and enjoy it all!

When it comes to price, we’re hard to beat. Our size gives us incredible buying strength with our pool and equipment suppliers, and we pass those savings on to you! Rest assured though, that we’ll never sacrifice quality. Cody didn’t get to be a large pool builder by being as good as everyone else… we did it by being better.

Cody Pools Tampa FL serves Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Brandon, and Clearwater in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Pasco and their surrounding areas. We have over 10,000 pools built in the Tampa Bay area!Call us today at 813-886-9119 for a free estimate.

  • Renovation Services
  • Pool/Spa Resurfacing
  • Pebble Finish
  • Custom Tile and Coping (many styles)
  • Screen Enclosure
  • Heat Pumps
  • Replace concrete deck with pavers or Travertine
  • Swimout additions
  • Automated Systems
  • Solar

6846 N Dale Mabry
Tampa, FL 33614
Directions to our Tampa office

Phone: 813.886.9119 • Fax: 813.884.1829
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8-5 • Saturday 9-4 • Sunday Closed

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Ways to Cozy Up Your Backyard for Autumn

It’s official, fall is here. Today marks the first day of the fall for this crazy year of 2020. Enjoying our homes to the fullest has never been such a priority in our lives as this year has. This fall, we want to provide some tips on how to make your backyard cozy and comfortable as we head into the winter and the holidays. A few simple additions can really make it more enjoyable for the upcoming months.

Add a fire pit: Fire gives the perfect atmosphere for a chilly night and brings everyone together for great conversation while still enjoying the outdoors. In addition to providing heat to keep you and your guests comfortable it’s the perfect way to make a yummy smore’s treat.

Hang string lights: Hanging string lights throughout the seating area creates a wonderful atmosphere. It gives a warm glow which provides a relaxing and comforting ambiance to the cooler season. Not only does it provide a great vibe to your gathering area in your backyard it also provides safety. Lighting to see the walkways make sure you and your guests stay safe and don’t trip over anything they can’t see in the dark.

Add some new cushions and pillows: Add some fall colors with new cushions and pillows in your seating area. Not only will this provide comfort and warmth but will bring some great color and pop to the area.

Add an area rug: This can also provide some great color and add energy to the area. It also brings comfort and warmth. Outdoor rugs are ideal as they won’t create mildew and mold from the outside moisture.

Candles: Candles always an additional comfortable and relaxing ambiance. So simple and easy, it’s a must.

Decor: Add some fun pumpkin or fall décor to add to the feel. Or add in some potted plants to sit next to. Any additional details you can add to provide a fall feel and provide comfort will pay off and help you enjoy your backyard to its fullest this fall.

Updating your backyard throughout the year can help you enjoy your space to the fullest and this time of year is especially fun for us Florida folks. Get outdoors, enjoy the cooler area and make your backyard more comfortable and enjoyable than ever.

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Why Vacation When You Can Poolside Staycation

Staycations are more popular and feasible than ever. And maximizing the comforts of our homes are at an all-time high. These two go hand in hand. Your home should be the perfect get-away from the crazy, hectic world, whether we are in the middle of a pandemic or not. And creating a ‘staycation home’ will have you enjoying your home the fullest, year-round.

Coordinating flights, road travel, cars, hotels, luggage and then worrying about safety with the recent COVID-19 pandemic can be very overwhelming and a bit too much right now.

What is a Staycation?
The definition of staycation is “one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.”. This can mean you enjoy your backyard and soak up the sun with a few relaxing drinks one day, to enjoying the best backyard BBQ ever with your closest family and friends.

You can even plan to visit local shops, museums, art exhibits in your own town. Truly enjoy the things you don’t get to on a regular basis when you are working and raising the kids.

Staycations can be what you make them, and we are here to provide some ideas and tips to make it a great one for you. After all, 2020 needs to end with something on a positive note.

Get Outdoors
Go on a hike, enjoy your pool, visit local beaches, take a drive along the coast. Vacation is the perfect time to enjoy time outdoors. During your staycation, take some time to discover what’s in your backyard and spend some time outside. Swim, lounge, eat, drink, dance, relax by your pool and in your backyard… after all, that’s what staycation is all about.

Enjoying your backyard is what makes a staycation. So preparing beforehand is key to true relaxation. Add lighting to your pool area to make the area most relaxing. Be sure you have comfortable seating and lounge chairs, so you can actually take a nap if you choose. Buy some candles, citronella would be ideal to help keep the bugs away, and they also add to the relaxing atmosphere. Decorate, add pillows and towels so you have every comfort you need at your finger-tips. Also provide the perfect speaker so you can enjoy your favorite tunes pool-side. Add a hammock to bring your staycation to the maximum relaxation level.

Unplug from Technology
One of the best ways to unwind during staycation is to unplug from technology. Taking time away from the daily screen routine gives your mind a break and your body a chance to connect with its natural side. Pick one day and silence your cell, log out of social media accounts and turn off email alerts. It may be tough, but it will be worth it, and you can do it.

Treat yourself
Load up with lots of good drink and food options so you can make amazing dinners to enjoy. Buy the crab legs, the steak you have been wanting. Get your grill ready so you can enjoy your meals fire-grilled and outdoors. Not sure what you want? There are a ton of creative ideas online to search for some fun new recipes to try.

Prefer not to cook? Make a list of the local restaurants you want to try and order from.

I know, this is obvious, right?
Forget your worries and troubles. Ignore the laundry and phone calls. Kick back and relax and truly enjoy your staycation to the fullest.

Ready to find professionals that can transform your backyard into a dream staycation destination? Connect with us here.

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Adding the right landscaping to your backyard swimming pool can provide a feeling of relaxation and comfort. It can add a bit more privacy and lighten the mood to make your backyard feel like a true oasis. With the right native plants, it can be a low maintenance and low cost job if you do it right. We do however recommend a professional landscaper to help if you aren’t into the work, but if you’re up for it, there is no reason why you couldn’t tackle some beautiful landscaping to your pool and surrounding area. Below we provide to great tips to get you moving in the right direction.

First thing we suggest is to think about the function of your landscape design. Take some time to consider and think about these important elements before moving forward.

Safety – If you have kids or pets, or often entertain your friends and family, safety is an important factor to consider. Think of fencing, non-slip surfaces and certain lighting needs as part of your design elements.

Privacy – Can you see into your neighbors dining room or even enjoy what they watch on their evening tv station? Privacy may be something to consider when you have a pool or use your backyard often. Fences are a typical first thought but vines, larger tree, shade structures etc. can also be a beautiful design option.

Function & Aesthetics – An easy pool entrance and clear deck is important to consider, so removing any large obstacles such as boulders, rocks, tree roots, sharp edges, etc. Also consider your aesthetics by reviewing your pools shape and theme type you are wanting overall. For example, are going for the natural, tropical, oasis, round edges look or more of a modern, sharp edge, clean look? Consider lighting, foliage and fencing when deciding on your theme.


Low-maintenance plants and foliage

When choosing foliage consider plants that require little to no maintenance. You don’t want to take up a lot of your time trimming, fertilizing and cleaning up after your pool landscaping. Consider native plants to your area and plants that love full sun, this will also help reduce maintenance and care of the plants.

Ensure you don’t select foliage that shed leaves, seeds, or other debris that can fall into your pool. Also, fruit trees and other insect-attracting plants can bug swimmers. If you’re starting from scratch with your plant landscaping, know the types of shrubs, flowers and trees that do best in your region.

Stick with simple, easy to maintain plants.

Check out what USDA hardiness zone you live in, write down the plants and trees that thrive in your zone, and choose those that fit your desired look.


Children and privacy tend to be the main reasons pool owners add a fence. The type of fence you chose depends on aesthetic preference, but options include aluminum, wood, and PVC, which can be molded into a variety of styles. Know whether or not you have a saltwater or chlorine pool before adding a fence, because salt can corrode some fencing materials. For an extra decorative touch, vines like jasmine, trumpet vine, and bougainvillea work well to weave over fences.


Lighting not only adds beauty but, more importantly safety. From light paths, to tree lights, spotlights and even string patio lights can provide a relaxing and beautiful atmosphere to your backyard swimming pool.

For energy efficiency, low-voltage LED systems can be used for landscape lighting to light stairs or paths. Solar lights are also easy to maintain and will remain lit into the evening around the pool. Other lighting options can include fire elements like fire pits, bowls, and more for entertaining and heat. It’s an active, breathing source of light that doubles as a stunning accent piece.

Shade Structures

Many pool owners add gazebos, arbors, pergolas, pool houses, and other shade structures to pool areas. Pool houses and guest cabanas are also popular options and give swimmers a place to relax when they’re not in the pool. They also provide shade, dry areas from rain, and provide great cook-out/eating areas as well.

Stone walkways

Make a stone slab walkway and bring the grass and deck together in a beautiful pattern. This can be as elaborate or as simple as you choose. You only need enough stones to reach from the door to your pool. And they help keep your pool deck and water cleaner.

Comfort, style, convenience and fun are all part of the landscaping decision process. So enjoy an make educated decisions so you can enjoy it for years to come.

For some inspiration, check out our Pool Gallery.

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Common Signs of a Leaking Pool & What To Do

You decide to take a quick dip in your backyard swimming pool and notice the water is a bit lower than normal. Now, it’s normal for your pool to lose water to evaporation, splashing and even to backwashing. A ¼-1/2 inch is about normal every few days, however if you are noticing a significant difference, closer to 2” of loss, leak detection may be something you want to look more into.

There can also be a few other things that may raise red flags that you may have a potential leak besides noticing the water levels, which is the most obvious.

  • Have your water bills increased? Often pool owners have automatic fill devices and by keeping the pool filled they can hide a leak.
  • Is there water under your pool equipment?
  • Is there algae growth around your pool?

Before calling a leak detection company, we recommend you take a few simply steps to review your pool and areas surrounding to see what you can find yourself.

However, if you wait too long, a minor leak can lead to big problems in your pool and on your property. Along with fixing the leak, you may find that you have some major work to do in your yard to get it cleaned up. That’s why early leak detection is so important. When you detect a leak early, you can get it repaired before it becomes a major problem. If you can’t detect a leak yourself but suspect there’s a leak or other problem with your pool, your best bet is to reach out to an expert so that you can get the help you need sooner than later.

Check the obvious first. Pool leaks can occur anywhere in or outside your pool. Before searching for the leak in your pool, make sure you check your entire filter system area, including the pump, filter, heater, chlorinator, etc.

Also check for any wet areas around the pool? Check the ground for moisture. Walk around the pool, and by the pool and the equipment. Check for wet soil and sunken or eroding areas.

If you have an in-ground pool, leaks can also occur by cracked piping underground. If you suspect this, call a local pool professional to pressure test the lines for possible cracks.

However, there are two things you can do on your own to determine a leak. They are call the Bucket Leak Detection and the Ink Method. See how to do these below:

Bucket Leak Detection:

Place a bucket filled with pool water on a pool step, ideally on the second step. Weight it down with a rock or brick, so it stays still and won’t move. Mark the water level on both the inside and the outside of the bucket. Make sure the water levels are the same inside the bucket as the pool water level on the outside the bucket, this can be a bit challenging but do the best you can. 24 hours later, come back and check the marks. If there’s a greater drop in the line on the outside of the bucket, a leak in the pool is indicated. Be sure to do this twice, once with the pump on, then again with the pump off.

With the pump-on, if the water level in the pool is greater with water circulating under pressure, the leak is most likely somewhere in your pool’s plumbing.

Ink Method:

Go to the area where you think the leak might be. Move slowly and try not to disturb the water.

Put a drop or two of dye test solution near a suspected leak point close to the pool wall. Do this with the pump shut off and the water still. See if the dye is sucked into the crack, gap or tear. If the leak is near, you will see the dye move towards the leak source like a current.

If you suspect your leak is at the bottom of your pool, put on those goggles and do the same thing. The reason you don’t want to disturb the water is because you don’t want the dye running wild.

Remember, if pool leak detection—or any other pool maintenance task—becomes too difficult, or you’re not sure you’re getting the right results, you always have the option to call in a pro.

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Poolside Get-together Ideas: COVID Style

COVID-19 has rocked the entire world and has brought about inventive ideas to do our best and try to maintain life as normal. Below we provide some tips for a successful poolside party for you so you can enjoy those birthdays again, or just simply enjoy a Sunday afternoon.

The most important thing for you to ensure a safe pool party during the COVID-19 pandemic is to ask all your guests the night before how they are feeling. If anyone is not feeling well, ask them to please stay home.

Food is always necessary for a good party! Simply add toothpicks or prepare individual skewers so it can be a simple grab-n-go. If it’s hot off the grill, hand them out as you remove them from the grill. If its cheese or fruit, try to wrap each portion in serene wrap. This will not only keep off the bugs but any potential germs that could be floating about.

Stay away from the dips in a large bowl. Make small individual cups of the dip, so each person can have a small portion of their own. The less food is touched the better. So, if you can prepare it so nobody but the eater touches it, you have successfully prepared perfect feeding options for your party, during the COVID pandemic.

Now, let’s talk drinks! Simply have your guests bring their own and use their own cups. This keeps everything simple and easy AND COVID-19 safe.

Keep everyone outside and if heading inside to use the bathroom, make masks a requirement when entering the house. Make sure to maintain 6 feet between people and if any of your guests are health compromised, have them wear a mask, even outside. Organize the seating a spaced-out fashion so your guests don’t have to move the chairs around themselves.

Come up with a fun welcome so the hugs and handshakes are not used. Blow an air horn every time a guest arrives, or create a creative welcoming air-shake, an air high-five for example. Better yet, create a fun YouTube video of the plan and send to your guests before arriving so they are prepared to not hug or shake hands.

Pool time! Swimming is ok and the pool water does not transmit COVID-19, so it’s safe to enjoy a swim. It is important, however, to maintain the 6-foot distance between each other, even in the water. Wear your swimsuit to the party if you plan to swim, so you don’t have to make an additional trip in the house to change in the bathroom. Also, bring your own towel so when you exit the pool. We recommend keeping your suit on after swimming and wearing a swimsuit cover up, a basic t-shirt or just hang out in your swimsuit until it dries to eliminate additional bathroom changes.

If you any additional questions, please be sure to error on the side of caution. If you are nervous, it may be best to hold off and wait to have your party when the world has eliminated most of the COVID-19 cases.

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Heating your swimming pool gives you a higher return on your investment simply by allowing you to swim more often. Most people find swimming in water between 82° and 84°F in temperature most comfortable and enjoyable. The temperature of your pool water will naturally fluctuate with the weather and in warmer climates it can only get up to 75 degrees, even in the summer months! Therefore, a heater is essential to maintaining the optimal swimming temperature to enjoy your pool to the fullest.

So, what are your pool heating options?

Your options include heat pumps, gas heaters (of several varieties), solar heaters, conventional electric models and more, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Different methods are best suited for different types of swimming pools. Therefore, when shopping for a heater, you should consider both the features of the heater itself and the environment in which the heater would operate.


Air-Source Heat Pumps

With low operating costs and energy efficient, air-source heat pumps are steadily growing in popularity. Heat pumps transfer heat from the air to your swimming pool using electricity. They are most effective in warmer climate areas and when used on a regular basis. We have found that air-source heat pumps greatly benefit consumers who live in climates where the average air temperature exceeds 60°F (15.5°C) and consumers who use their swimming pools year-round. So, this option is perfect for most Florida residents!

Advantages of Air-Source Heat Pumps

  • Are energy efficient
  • Low operating costs. For example, heat pumps typically cost between $50 and $150 per month to operate.
  • Typical life span is 10 years.
  • Only using electricity to transfer energy and emit no pollution, they are very environmentally friendly
  • Some air-source heat pumps can be used to both heat and cool your swimming pool.

Disadvantages of Air-Source Heat Pumps

  • Heat pumps have high upfront costs, with many available for purchase for between $2,000 and $4,000.
  • Heat pumps offer slower heating than gas heaters.
  • Air-source heat pumps operate less efficiently in lower temperatures.


Water-Source Heat Pumps

Water-source heat pumps embrace newer technology, and therefore are not as widely used as other types of heating systems. They are, however, growing in popularity, as they have high efficiency and low operating costs. We have found that water-source heat pumps greatly benefit consumers who live in climates where the average air temperature is below 60°F (15.5°C) and consumers who use their swimming pools year-round. A water-source swimming pool heat pump, also referred to as a geothermal heat pump, transfers heat from a water-source to your swimming pool water.

Water-Source Systems

Because many types of bodies of water exist, many types of water-source heat pumps exist. Some common water-source systems are a deep ground well. It consists of two deep wells: one that supplies water to the heat pump and one that returns water back to the ground.

Advantages of Water-Source Heat Pumps

  • Are energy efficient
  • Low operating costs. For example, heat pumps typically cost between $50 and $150 per month to operate.
  • Water-source heat pumps operate independently of air temperature.
  • Typical life span is 10 years.
  • Only using electricity to transfer energy and emit no pollution, they are very environmentally friendly

Disadvantages of Water-Source Heat Pumps

  • Heat pumps have high upfront costs, with many available for purchase for between $2,000 and $4,000.
  • Heat pumps offer slower heating than gas heaters.

Solar Heaters

Solar energy plays a dominant role in environmentally friendly products in the pool industry. Solar swimming pool heating systems obtain their heat from the sun. Because solar heaters depend on the sun to heat swimming pools, they mostly benefit consumers who live in very sunny areas.

Advantages of Solar Heaters

  • Because solar heaters operate with the swimming pool circulation pump, they have no additional operating costs.
  • Environmentally friendly: a clean energy source and they emit no pollutants.
  • Typical life span is 25 years.
  • Solar energy systems are energy-efficient, as they require no additional electricity to operate.
  • Solar heaters can be used to both heat and cool your swimming pool.

Disadvantages of Solar Heaters

  • While solar energy is free, a solar heater is the most expensive of heating systems to purchase, with prices varying between $4,000 and $7,000.
  • Can’t heat a swimming pool during the night.
  • Slower heating time.
  • Solar panels take up a lot of space.


Electric Resistance Heaters

Electric resistance heaters use electric currents to create heat. Because electric resistance heaters consume large amounts of electricity, they are primarily used to heat spas and small therapy pools and are rarely used to heat swimming pools.

Advantages of Electric Resistance Heaters

  • Prices can be found for under $2,000
  • Operate independently of air temperature.
  • Environmentally friendly because they do not pollute air.
  • Take up very little space.

Disadvantages of Electric Resistance Heaters

  • They require large amounts of electricity.
  • Require heavy-duty electrical wiring to install.


Gas heaters have been the primary way of heating swimming pool for decades, since gas prices were so low. However, as gas prices increase throughout the years, consumers have begun searching for more affordable ways to heat their pools, and, as a result, other heating methods have increased in popularity. However, gas heaters are still very beneficial in colder climates. Also, they are more ideal for swimming pool owners who live in climates where the temperature is below 60°F (15.5°C) and swimming pool owners who only heat their swimming pools a few times each year.

Advantages of Gas Heaters

  • Prices can be found for under $1,500
  • Fast heating.
  • Operate independently of air temperature.

Disadvantages of Gas Heaters

  • The least efficient heating method.
  • Very expensive to operate due to raised gas prices.
  • Typical life span is 5 years.
  • Not environmentally friendly.

Each method provides several benefits, but there’s one pool heating solution that proves to be efficient, resilient and intuitive—a heat pump pool heater. Homeowners looking to extend their pool seasons, while staying cost-efficient and environmentally conscious, are turning to heat pump pool heaters to solve their heating needs. There are additional options but this one seems to be the best option for year-round pool swimmers.


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