Pool Heater Types and Benefits

Pool Heater Types and Benefits

Even if it might look like a perfect day to swim, the ice-cold pool water can be a killjoy. If the chilly water is often dampening your plan, maybe it’s time to look for a pool heater. And there are many different types of heaters to suit every buyer. But what is the right type of pool heater for you? In this post, we’ll go through some of the most popular pool heating methods and their benefits to help you decide.

1. Electric Heat Pumps

If you’re searching for a simple and effective solution to heating the pool water, a heat pump is the way to go. With the on/off switch and temperature controls, a heat pump makes the entire pool heating process highly effortless and hassle-free. However, you’ll need an external power source for running the pump.

The working of a heat pump is similar to an air-conditioner. But while an air-conditioning unit takes air from the space and removes the heat before returning it, a heat pump does the opposite. The pump takes air from the space, removes the heat, and transfers it to the pool water.

Top Benefits

  • Easy and efficient water temperature management within a fixed range
  • Easy to use
  • On-demand heat with zero reliance on the weather

2. Gas Pool Heaters

Like an electric heat pump runs on electricity, a gas heater uses either natural gas or propane. While these heaters are known for their ability to heat the pool water quickly, the monthly expense of using them is on the higher end. But their upfront costs are generally lower than electric heaters.

A gas pool heater features copper coils that are heated before pool water is circulated through them. As they can heat the pool water faster than electric pumps, they’re ideal for colder areas. A gas heater generally makes more economic sense if you won’t be using it very frequently. Also, ensure that you check the gas cost in your area before investing in one such heater.

Top Benefits

  • Lower upfront costs
  • Ideal for any environment
  • Heats the pool water faster than electric pumps

3. Solar Panels

The growing popularity of solar energy, along with its eco-friendliness and cost efficiency, makes solar panels a great choice for pool water heating. While the initial cost of these systems can be higher, they have zero operating costs. They won’t need any electricity or gas.

A solar panel water heater works on the principle of direct heat transfer. It features a collector, generally installed on the roof, through which the pool water is circulated. Most of these systems feature a digital controller which automatically sends pool water to the collector if there is adequate sunshine.

Top Benefits

  • Can be used to increase pool water temperature by 5°C to 8°C
  • Inexpensive installation and zero operational costs
  • Environment friendly

Selecting the Best Pool Heater

These are three of the most popular types of pool heater you can consider. Now that you have some basic information about what they are, how they work, and their top advantages, the selection should not be as challenging.

If a particular type of pool heater matches your requirements, you can try to learn more about it online before browsing through the available models. As always, in case of any doubts, do consider consulting a professional, like Beeson Mechanical Service, Inc. at 317-535-9338.