About Pool Heaters

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It’s common knowledge that a pool that has been equipped with a water heater allows a homeowner to enjoy swimming, not only through the winter months, but also through the spring, summer and fall. A water heater effectively lessens the nip during those early morning laps or night swims and makes swimming more enjoyable, anytime, day or night.

Types of Pool Heaters

There are three types of pool heaters: electric , solar, and gas. Let’s take a look on the specifics such as their durability and cost-effectiveness.

Electric Heat Pumps

Electric heat pumps work by taking the heat from the air and transferring it to circulate through an outer evaporator air coil, and then the liquid refrigerant within the evaporator coil absorbs the heat from the air to transform it into a gas. The warm gas in the coil passes through the compressor and heat increases before dispersing through the water.

Electric heat pumps are energy efficient, eco-friendly and can last 10 to 20 years.

Electric heat pumps are affordable, costing around $50 to $100, and installation is quick.

Solar Pool Heaters

Similar to how solar photovoltaic panels work, solar energy collectors are usually mounted on the roof, and they use thermal energy from the sun to warm the pool water. How pool water is heated is simple; water is pumped through a filter and up through the solar collectors, the water then absorbs heat from the tubes and goes back into the pool. To regulate water, many solar pool heaters also include automated sensors and flow control valves. These components make sure that the condition of the water coming from the solar collectors is correct according to the desired temperature.

While operating and maintenance costs are relatively low, the upfront investment of solar pool heaters is the largest cost associated with this type of heating system.  If properly installed and maintained, high-quality solar pool heaters should operate efficiently for 10 to 20 years.

Gas Pool Heaters

Gas pool heaters burns natural gas or propane and it burns inside a combustion chamber. Water passes through the coils, runs through the combustion chamber, and then gets sent back to the pool. A gas heater also offers the convenience of heating swimming pools more quickly than a heat pump, which makes it ideal for swimming pool owners who want their heat on-demand.

This form of heating is starting to wind down because of the introduction of more energy efficient pool heaters like solar pool heaters and electric heat pumps.

A Tip When Selecting a Heater

Swimming pool heaters can never be too big. The larger the heater’s output, the faster it heats the water in the pool. When installing a pool heater, it is better to select one that is rated somewhat higher than the actual pool surface area. And keep in mind that the larger the BTU output of the pool heater, the quicker it will heat the water. This would mean less run time on the heater and a longer overall lifespan.

And more importantly, pool heaters make your client’s swim time more comfortable when the air temperature is not ideal and more affordable because they’ll be able to use their pool whenever they want. It will be money well spent for your client’s because time spent with family and friends is precious.

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