Gas Pool Heater versus Heat Pump
If you're looking to open your pool earlier this spring and keep it open later in the year, pool heaters and heat pumps are the way to go. But what makes one different from the other? To help you make an informed decision before purchasing, we'll help you understand the key features of pool heaters vs. pool heat pumps.
A swimming pool heat pump is an efficient and environmentally friendly way to heat a swimming pool. Heat pumps can save pool owners money in the long run because they typically have much lower annual operating costs than gas heaters, and with proper maintenance, can last up to 10 years or more.
This heating method is environmentally friendly as they use less energy than other heating methods. They work by extracting heat from the outside air, adding it with a compressor, transferring the heat to the water, and then expelling cool air out the top of the unit.
For the heat pump to operate effectively, the outside ambient air should be 45* or higher. This method of pool heating may be ideal for pool owners who use their pools in warm weather or live in warm climates during colder seasons.
Recommended Application: Swimming Season
Pool Type: Underground, Above Ground
Advantages: low operating cost, environmental protection.
Disadvantages: Requires higher ambient temperature, higher initial cost.
Cost estimate: System unit cost range: $2400 - $4600. Installation Cost (Approx.): $350 - $950
Pool heaters are most efficient when used for short periods of time. They are good for heating the swimming pool quickly and heat the water faster than other heating methods. Natural gas or propane gas heaters maintain a constant water temperature in all weather conditions.
This option is ideal if you live in a climate with an average temperature below 55 degrees and only need to heat water for a short period of time.
If you don't want to heat your pool for the entire swimming season, and you don't use your pool very often; only on weekends or a few times a week, then you only need to turn on the heater when you use the pool, making the gas heater in your application The most efficient heating method.
If you decide to use a pool heater, you will need to choose between running the heater on natural gas or liquid propane. Therefore, you need to consider the availability and cost of gas, and whether a gas line is already installed. The gas heater also needs to be refilled and connected to the propane tank. The type of fuel you use should be based on the availability and price of natural gas and propane in your area.
Consider the following questions: How much does fuel cost compared to electricity in your area? Has the gas line been installed?
Recommended Applications: All Conditions
Pros: Quickly heats up the pool, lower initial cost
Cons: High operating costs, requires regular maintenance
Cost estimate: System unit cost range: $875 - $5400. Installation Fee: $350 - $850
Which heating method is right for my pool?
Both heaters and heat pumps are a great solution for pool owners looking for ways to efficiently heat their pool water.
The main deciding factor between a pool heater vs a heat pump will be your location, budget and heating needs. If you live in a cooler climate and want to enjoy the longest pool season possible, you should probably lean towards natural gas, propane, or an electric pool heater. However, if you want something that will save you money in the long run, and you live in a climate that doesn't regularly dip below 50 degrees, a heat pump might be the way to go.