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Pool Heating 101

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps use electricity and do not actually generate heat, but instead have a fan which draws in heat from the outside air that has been warmed by the sun. This warm air is extracted by a fan and circulated to the swimming pool. Learn how pool heat pumps work.

Compare Pool Heating Methods

The first step to deciding on which type of heater you need is to answer the following questions. Once you answer these questions you can make an informed decision on the best heater for your pool.

  • How many days per week would you want the pool water heated?
  • How many hours per day will the water be heated?
  • How many gallons is the pool or spa?
  • Is the time it takes to heat the pool water important?
  • What are the weather conditions in your location?
  • What are the costs of gas compared to electricity in your area?
  • Is there already a gas line installed?
  • How much are you willing to invest to heat your pool water?
  • Additionally, when making your choice to buy a pool heat pump, three of the most important things are:
    • Reputation of the manufacturer and the length of time they have been in business.
    • Quality and reliability of the heater
  • Efficiency (COP) of the heater

All of these qualities are very important in your selection of a pool heat pump. If one is missing then it might not be the best selection for your pool. We are here to help guide you to pick the highest quality heat pump from some of the most reliable manufacturers that will give you the highest savings in operational costs and will give you and your family many years of warm water and happy pool experiences.

How to Size a Heat Pump

We have put together a guide to help you determine what size heater you need depending on several factors - installation costs, pool size, location and climate.

Heat Pump Efficiency and COP Rating

When making your choice to buy a pool heat pump, you must consider the quality and reliability of the heater and the efficiency rating (COP). Remember to check the heater's efficiency rating when you purchase because it reflects how much actual energy it puts out.

If you want to have the lowest electric bill, look for heaters with the highest COP. Learn more about heat pump efficiency.

What is a BTU?

Heater size is measured in BTU output. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and is standard for measuring heating capacity. A BTU is the measured amount of heat output that the unit will produce and may vary with the ambient temperature and humidity levels. It takes 1 BTU to heat 1 lb of water 1° F.

Above Ground Pool Heating

Make the most of your investment by adding a heat pump to your above ground swimming pool. View our recommendations
for pools up to 12,000 gallons. View above ground pool heat pumps

Differences Between Pool Heaters and Electric Heat Pumps

Both Electric pool heaters and pool heat pumps run with electricity, what is the difference? Learn the differences between electric heaters and heat pumps.

Differences Between Heat Pumps and Pool Heaters

Heat pumps operate differently from pool heaters 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. Learn the differences between heat pumps and pool heaters. 

What are Heating and Cooling Units?

Heat-Cool units extend your swim season even longer by giving you the option to cool your swimming pool water on hot summer days and warm the water in the spring and fall, to get the most use out of your swimming season. Learn more about heating and cooling heat pumps.

Single and Three Phase Heat Pumps

Heat pumps come available in single or three phase units.

A Three-Phase or Multi-Phase heat pump has 2 or more speeds with a high and low setting.

A Single-Phase heat pump has one setting for cooling and heating. Single phase heat pumps cycle air at one speed and may take longer to heat depending on the temperature.

Heat Source Comparison

Pool heat pumps can be categorized by two types: Air Source and Water Source. The heat source refers to where a heat pump collects heat. Learn more about geothermal heat sources.

Proper Care and Maintaining Heater Performance

Heat Pump Winter CoverPool heat pumps are an investment in your backyard that will last for years to come. You can extend the life of your heater with proper care and maintenance. Learn how to properly maintain your pool and heater.

How to Winterize a Heat Pump

Protect your heater during non-season and winter months with a custom made vinyl pool heater cover. Winter covers protect your pool heat pump from snow, ice, rain, leaves, sand, pine needles, dust and other harsh elements. Your unit will look better and last longer for years to come

Importance of Investing in a Solar Pool Cover

We highly recommend using a solar blanket along with your heat pump to lower operating costs by up to 40%! Many homeowners invest $20,000 to $30,000 or more in their backyard swimming pools and find that the water is comfortable for only one month out of the year in most parts of the country. For an investment of approximately 10% of the swimming pool price, you can multiply your enjoyment of the pool by as much as 600% in most of the country and 100% in the south.

With a heat pump or gas heater you can enjoy your pool almost 6 months out of the year in most of the country and all year long in the south. These numbers are similar for Europe.

It makes no sense to invest so much money in a pool and then suffer with cold water when your pool can be part of your daily pleasure; means to relieve stress; part of an exercise routine and a way to promote family togetherness. See the benefits from covering your pool with a solar cover.

About Titanium Heat Exchangers

Titanium is resistant to corrosion, which means it will never rust or wear out. Find out why it is so important to choose a pool heater pump that is equipped with a pure titanium heat exhcanger. Learn more about titanium heat exchangers.

We can help you find the right heater!

Call toll free 1-800-741-9956 to speak with an expert to discuss your preferred swimming temperature and usage patterns, or get a free pool analysis online.

An expert will evaluate your pool size, pool environment and other performance factors and provide a customized analysis that will show your recommended heater size, costs and savings.