Natural Gas pool heaters are most
efficient when they are used for short periods of time. They are good
for heating a pool quickly and will heat water faster than other heating
methods. Apart from heat pumps and solar heating; gas or propane are
able to maintain a constant water temperature.
This option is ideal for swimming pools that aren't used on a regular
Pool heat pumps are an efficient,
environmentally friendly way to heat a pool. Heat pumps can save pool
owners money in the long run as they typically have a much lower annual
operating costs than gas heaters and with proper maintenance, can last
up to 10 years or more.
This method of heating is environmentally friendly as they use less energy
than other heating methods. They operate by extracting heat from the
outside air, increasing the heat with a compressor, delivering the heat to
the water, and ejecting the cold air out the top of the
For a heat pump to operate effectively, the ambient air outside should be 45*
or higher. This method of pool heating may be ideal for pool
owners who use their pool in warmer weather or who live in warmer climates
during the colder seasons.
Heat and cool pool heat pumps,
also known as pool chillers, can extend swimming season even longer by giving
the option to cool pool water on hot summer days and warm the water in the
cooler months. Heat and cool units can typically operate at lower
temperatures, sometimes as low as 35 degrees depending on the
Chillers are energy efficient electric fan cooling systems that require no
Freon or gas to operate. The pool water circulates through the unit and
heat is removed from the water instantly. The chilled water is then
pumped back into the swimming pool.
Solar pool heaters use solar
energy to heat and cool a swimming pool and are an environmentally friendly
alternative to typical gas heaters.
The solar pool heaters work by pumping the pool water into a solar hot water
collector. These collectors are usually mounted on the roof of a
house. Positioned towards the sun, the collectors use the sun’s
rays to heat the water.
If the pool is located in a climate with very hot weather, the solar
collectors can be used to cool down water by running the system at
Solar pool heating systems can be used in many areas of the world. Even
if the pool is not located in a climate that's warm and sunny most of the
time, there still may be an adequate solar resource to heat the
pool. The number of solar panels needed to efficiently heat a pool
will depend on the size of the pool.
Gas heaters use natural gas or propane to create a flame on
a gas burner that heat a metal heat exchanger.
Water is drawn from the swimming pool and circulated through a filter in the gas
heater and back into the pool. Gas burns in a combustion chamber, which
heats the water that passes through.
Over time, the circulated pool water will warm up and maintain a constant
Unlike gas and propane heaters, heat pumps use electricity and do not
generate heat. Instead, they have a fan which draws in heat from the
outside air and circulates it through an evaporator coil.
The water which is pushed through a heat exchanger by your pool pump is
heated three to five degrees as it passes through. The warm water then
flows back into your pool.
Heat pumps use electricity to capture heat and move it from one
place to another and do not generate heat.
Higher efficiency heat pump pool heaters usually
compressors versus thereciprocal
compressors of standard units.
Heat pump pool heaters work efficiently as long as the outside
temperature remains above the 45ºF–50ºF range. The cooler
the outside air they draw in, the more energy they use. However, since most
people use outdoor swimming pools during warm and mild weather, this usually
isn't an issue.
Heat pumps can save a pool owner a significant amount of money, because they use
less energy to produce more heat. Annual costs for gas or propane heaters
are much greater than the annual costs to run a heat pump, and with proper
maintenance, heat pump pool heaters typically last much longer than gas pool
heaters, saving you more money in the long run.As an alternative, you can
significantly reduce costs by choosing to install a solar pool heater. They
are low maintenance and have low annual operating costs, compared to gas or heat
pump heating methods. Learn
Heating costs are affected by many factors, including sizing of a pool heat pump
in relation to the size of the pool; if the pool is covered; and the location of
the pool.With a pool heat pump
comparison, we will give you the information you need to make an informed
decision on the best and most economical way to heat your pool.
There are several ways to reduce heating costs if you are
considering to purchase a pool heater. If you choose to heat your pool with
a gas or propane heater, you will need to take several steps to maintain
Purchase a solar
called a ‘pool blanket’ or ‘solar pool cover’, solar
blanketskeep evaporation to a
minimum, keep out debris, reduce chemical consumption and help heat the pool
water. According to the US Department of Energy, solar blankets, can reduce
pool heating costs 50 to 70 percent, can reduce the amount of water that needs to
be added to a pool by 30 to 50 percent and can reduce the pool's chemical use by
35 to 60 percent.
Turn down the
choose the lowest setting on your thermostat which remains comfortable.
Maintaining a constant temperature, without overheating, can reduce the monthly
heating cost. When your pool will not be in use for over 3 days, lower your
thermostat setting. Completely turn off the heater if it will not be in use
for longer periods of time, to lower monthly heating bills.
Upgrade a gas or propane
heater to a swimming pool heat pump or solar heating system. Pool heat
pumps and solar heating systems are more cost efficient to operate long
Be consistent with
maintenance. A well maintained heater will work more efficiently,
reducing your monthly operating costs.
We recommend that you do your research and learn about
all of the different pool heating options. Begin by determining what
options would be beneficial for your pool and location; natural gas, propane,
heat pump, adequate location for solar panel installation, etc.
The most beneficial way to choose the type of pool
heater you need, would be to have one of our pool heating experts evaluate your
specific application, by swimming pool size; whether or not the pool is covered,
and geographic location. We will give you all of the information you need
to make an informed decision on the best and most economical way to heat your
Pool heater sizing is measured in BTU’s (British Thermal
Units.) The higher the number of BTU’s, the quicker you can heat your
pool water. To find out how many BTU’s are required for your specific
application, you must calculate the surface area of your pool, your geographic
location, ambient temperature, and the environmental conditions such as shade or
wind. Whether you retain heat with a solar cover, also determines sizing
requirements. Learn More.
IMPORTANT: A trained pool heating professional should
perform a proper sizing analysis for your swimming pool to determine the correct
pool heater size that you need.
Heat pumps operate differently by using electricity to
capture heat and move it from one place to another and do not generate heat like
a gas or propane heater.
Gas and Propane pool heaters will use more energy than pool
heat pumps because they are required to create heat, rather than transfer
it. However, if you live in a location with colder climates, a heat pump
would need to use more energy since it needs to draw in heat from the outside
air. Heat pumps may be ideal for those who use their pool in warmer weather
and do not live in a location with cooler climate.
Performing proper installation and maintenance on your
heat pump pool heater will maximize its efficiency. You should always have
a qualified pool professional or electrician install the pool heater, especially
for hookup of electrical wires and performing complex repairs and
Protect your pool heat
pump or pool heater investment from the snow, ice, rain, leaves, sand, pine
needles, dust and the harsh sun. Heat pump covers helps your unit look
better and last longer for years to come. Order your custom made pool
heater cover for the non-season/winter use. View pool heater cover options.
Review the maintenance schedule and other
recommendations in your owner's manual.
Your pool heater will probably require routine maintenance approximately once a
If you properly install and maintain your heat pump
pool heater, it can last five to ten years or longer.