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Pool Heaters 101 - Heat Pumps, Gas Heaters & Solar Heaters

Pool Heaters 101 - Heat Pumps, Gas Heaters & Solar Heaters

Pool Heaters 101

There are 3 common types of heating: Heat Pumps, Gas Heaters, and Solar. Below will explain the pro's and con's of the different types of heaters.

Heat Pumps - Heat pumps are more expensive up front to purchase than gas heaters and about the same price as a comparable solar system. Heat pumps are more efficient than a gas heater. You can heat your pool for as little as a $1 a day with a heat pump. Heat pumps usually carry a 10+ year warranty.

Who should buy a heat pump - Someone looking to heat their pool many times throughout the year.


Gas Heaters - Gas heaters are less expensive up front. The life span of a gas heater is approximately 6 years. Gas heaters heat the quickest but cost the most to run.

Who should buy a gas heater - Anyone wanting to heat their pool or spa quick but use it few times a year, since it is costly to use it constantly.


Solar - Solar is great since it doesn't cost anything to run. It will heat your pool by as much as 10 degrees in most spring and summer months. Solar is not a good choice if you want to swim in the winter. Solar will extend your swimming season approximately 4-9 weeks.

Who should buy solar - Solar is great for those wanting to swim warm during the spring, summer, and part of fall.

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