Pool Heating

About pool heating at Breezy Oak Villas, and why we charge extra for it.

Pool Heating is the most common optional item that our guests choose, and yes we do charge extra for it, beyond our seasonal nightly rates.

There are a number of reasons for this, but one of the most significant is that it is simply the common and normal practice in the Orlando area. That is an important point to keep in mind. We could simply build it in to our regular rates, but this would mean raising them and making us at first glance appear uncompetitive with almost all other area vacation rentals which wouldn’t be providing pool heating ‘for free’. We do want to have a shot at gaining your business too!

Plus, not all guests want the pool heated because they won’t be using the pool {*Gasp*}, or they’re staying during summer months and are content with the natural temperature of the pool water from the sun’s warmth. And some in the summer actually use the pool to cool down! They don’t want it that warm!

It is our policy to not include things in our regular rates that many guests don’t want or use, and give every guest the benefit of the best nightly rate we can. You can read more about this here: Vacation Rental Fees and Add-ons Beyond the Nightly Rates

As of this writing, the average charge for Pool Heating in Orlando is $25 per night, and the heaters are typically set to 82 degrees, because that is what Disney sets their resort pool temperatures to. We charge $22 per night for pool heating, and set our heater to 89 degrees, because those seven degrees make a HUGE difference and we want our guests to truly enjoy our pool.

Personally, I’m not very well insulated, so I love warm pool water. I just find it very comfortable and relaxing, so we set our pool heaters to what I prefer it to be. Most of our guests love it too!

During the winter months pool heating is necessary for the pool to be useable (Except for the very, very brave polar-bear-swim types!) and almost all of our guests choose to include this option with their reservation.

All Pool Heating is Not Equal

Our modern, monster pool heaters.

To heat our pools, we have high-quality, recent, over-sized heaters at our homes that can heat the pool faster than smaller, standard models, so it gets to a comfortable temperature sooner in the morning.

We also run them later into the evening too, allowing for more enjoyable evening swims.

In addition, we have special high-tech monitoring systems, which record the pool water temperature, the outside air temperature, and the temperature of the heated water being supplied to the pool, logged every fifteen minutes and reported to us over the internet. If there is a problem, we can often be aware of it and take action on it before the guest is even aware of it!

These are little things (actually, they’re really big things when it comes to taking great care of our guests) that make a huge difference in the enjoyment of our pools.

Unfortunately most guests aren’t aware of these things, or ask about them. They just want to know what the price is for pool heat, and assume they are getting the same thing from different vacation rentals.

But our past guests, particularly those that have stayed at other properties, know better. And now you do too!

Also see About Optional Pool Heating and Pool Heating has Limitations for additional information.

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About the author:Rob Peters is the Site Administrator, Blogger and Chief-Touble-Maker on When not online, he is managing his terrific vacation rental properties in Florida, or admiring his three adult kids and loving his wife Donna.