Cost-Effective Pool Heater Options
Choosing the best pool heater for your pool typically depends on your location and the number of cold days you’ll experience each year. Pool heaters are available in three different power source types; solar, electric and gas. Each of these different types of pool heaters typically works with vinyl liner, fiberglass, and concrete constructed swimming pools.
Solar Pool Heaters
The cheapest way to heat a pool is through a solar heater. The cost of running a solar pool heater is essentially free, aside from occasional maintenance. While a solar pool heater is cost-efficient in the long run, they are a lot more expensive to install – often even more costly than a conventional heater because they require solar collectors and a heat storage area. Another potential drawback is the look of solar panels, which some people find unsightly. These panels are installed on top of the roof and require you to drill through the roof material. Over time you may end up with the solar panels leaking on the roof if the holes drilled during installation are not sealed. Leaky solar panels can cause roof problems and water damage. The solar panels may also need to be replaced every couple of years due to them forming a water leak onto the roof.
Gas Pool Heaters
Gas heaters are the most common type of pool heater in the United States due to the cost and availability of propane gas. Gas pool heaters are less expensive to operate than electric pool heaters. Many people feel it is economical because it heats a pool much faster than other heaters and has a lot more BTU capability. These heaters can get up to 399,000 BTUs vs. electric which goes up to 150,000 BTUs. Gas pool heaters are reliable and will last years with proper maintenance. Jandy and Raypak heaters are our preferred heaters to use since the parts are readily available.
Electric Pool Heater
Electric pool heaters are the more popular choice in South Florida than gas pool heaters because many houses do not have a propane gas tank on their property. Electric heaters are the go-to pool heater for these applications because they only require an electrical plug. Electric pool heaters act like air conditioner heat pumps that absorb the heat from the outdoor air and heat the water. These units do not heat up as quickly as gas heaters do, so they run an extra day or two before the water gets up to the desired temperature. Electric pool heater units are reliable and getting replacement parts is usually quick and easy.
Jandy, Golf Stream, Rheem, and other units are common brands of pool heaters we install and maintain often. Having a reliable company maintaining these units will help them last longer and prevent major breakdowns. Most manufacturers will have a 7-year parts warranty.
Cheapest Way To Heat A Swimming Pool
Using any pool heater to heat the water together with a pool cover is one of the cheapest ways, in the long run, to keep a pool warm during cooler months. It takes a swimming pool much longer to lose water heat when a pool cover is in place to maintain the water temperature. In South Florida, you may only need to occasionally use your pool heating system if you use a pool cover to trap the warmth. You’ll run your pool heater less, which will save you money.