ABOUT POOL HEAT
When you come to Florida to vacation, you expect to be able to play and swim in the warm Florida weather! But, the weather in Florida does not always cooperate. The average temperatures during the year range from
If optional gas heat is not purchased, the pool maybe heated by our solar pool heat system. The Solar pool heat system consists of collectors on the roof through which the pool water is pumped. The sun heats the collector and the heat is transferred to the water then returned to the pool. The roof top solar system can maintain heat up to 85 degrees on a sunny day. But getting there is a slow process. So, using the gas heater in series with the solar system to provide heat works at a faster rate. Many other vacation rentals charge $25 or more per day for gas generated heat. Our charge1 for gas pool heat is $8 per day.
Please note that pool heat is only gene-
rated when the pool pump is running .
The pump is on a schedule to run from
about 10 am to 6:00 pm each day.
Generally, if the night time low goes below 45 degrees and the following daytime high temperature does not reach 65 degrees, the design of the two systems may not be able to economically raise temperatures into the comfortable swimming category.
Monthly Averages for Kissimmee, FL (34747)
Month Avg.High Avg.Low Mean Record High Record Low
Jan 71°F 47°F 59°F 89°F (2006) 18°F (1985)
Feb 73°F 50°F 62°F 89°F (1988) 17°F (2000)
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We strongly urge our guests after using the pool to re-cover the pool with the solar blanket to prevent heat loss. Our goal is for you to enjoy 85 degree water everyday of the year... January is actually Florida’s coldest month and if the area gets hit with a severe winter storm, providing pool heat may become impossible. For example if the temperature were to drop to the mid-thirty degree level, we could run the pool heater all day long and the water would still be too cold to swim. Here are the average weather stats for January and February:
To maximize pool heat, a solar blanket (the blue cover) is used to keep the heat in the pool! If the pool is not covered over-night, depending upon weather conditions, the pool temperature may drop anywhere from 20 to 50 degrees. When the pool is properly covered, the temperature of the pool should normally drop only four or five degrees, overnight and that is regained the next morning when it comes back on.
If bitter cold weather blows down from the north, not many people would want to venture out to swim, and it is not practical to attempt to heat a pool when the temperature outdoors is in the 40 degree range! Even if we tried, the solar and gas heater on the pool probably would not raise the temperature enough to make it comfortable. They simply are not designed to produce that much heat.
WHEN OPTIONAL GAS HEAT IS PURCHASED AS PART OF YOUR RESERVATION, THE POOL IS HEATED TO A STANDARD TEMPERATURE OF 83 DEGREES. THIS IS THE TEMPERATURE RECOMMENDED BY THE GAS AND ELECTRIC UTILITIES AND THE POOL SERVICE INDUSTRY.
IT IS ALSO THE SUMMERTIME TEMPERATURE OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND GULF OF MEXICO ALONG THE COASTAL AREAS OF FLORIDA!
This in not the correct way to measure the temperature of the water!
The temperature of the human body is normally around 98.6 degrees. When you stick your toe into a pool that is heated to 85 degrees, by the laws of physics, it will "feel" cold. There is no way around this phenomenon! The pool is almost 14 degrees colder than your body...
Footnote 1 Our pool heat "rate" is the cost that we are charged by the natural gas company for the gas with no mark-up or surcharge. As a result we are not required under Florida Statutes to charge a sales tax on what our guest reimburse us for the gas cost.