We present a methodology for estimating heat losses for indoor swimming pools and energy savings associated with the adoption of selected energy-conservation strategies and devices in natatoriums. Although results are given for selected geographic locations, the methodology is generally applicable. Energy-conservation measures that reduce ventilation requirements are the most effective in decreasing energy costs for heating natatoriums. Pool covers are shown to save energy when the installation is accompanied by lower ventilation rates. At the present time, commercially available solar pool-heating systems are not economical for the climate of St. Louis compared to heating with natural gas but are marginally competitive with oil-fired heating systems. © 1983.
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