What good is lowering your pool’s energy bill if you can’t even take a dip? There’s nothing worse than saving all of that money by replacing your pool pump only to be left high and dry by ice cold pool water.
Buying a pool heater may seem like you’re throwing away your hard-saved money from replacing your pool pump, but that’s not the case! As long as you understand your options, pool heaters can be a great way to get the most out of your outdoor experience without breaking the bank.
Today we will be taking a look at the three most popular pool heater systems to help you make the best decision.
Gas Heater – Gas heaters are the most popular pool heaters out there. Although they’re not the most energy efficient option, they can be used in any climate regardless of amount of sunshine or the temperature. Gas heaters work much like the water heaters in your home. Water is pumped into a heating tank where natural gas or propane is burned in a combustion chamber to warm the water before it reenters the pool. Energy.gov put together these estimates on the average cost of keeping a pool at 78°/80°/82° Fahrenheit with a 95 percent efficient gas pool heater in Dallas from April 1 to October 31.
- Without a pool cover: $1512/$1920/$2456
- With a pool cover: $184/$280/$408
Heat Pump Heater– Heat pump heaters don’t actually generate any heat. They capture heat with fans and electricity from the outside air which warms liquid refrigerant in the evaporator coils into a gas. This gas is then compressed and passed through the condenser where the circulating pool water is warmed. As a result of using outside air, heat pump heaters tend to work best where the outdoor temperature remains above 45° – 50°F during the swimming season. Although these systems cost more than gas heaters, they are much more energy efficient and actually tend to last longer than other heaters. We at Complete Landsculpture prefer the heat pump pool heaters as they are both energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Energy.gov put together these estimates of how much it would cost to keep a pool at 78°/80°/82° Fahrenheit with a heat pump pool heater in Dallas from April 1 to October 31.
- Without a pool cover: $760/$970/$1240
- With a pool cover: $90/$140/$205
Solar Heater/Cooler – Solar heaters are the most energy efficient option and are competitively priced when compared to heat pump and gas heaters. Solar heaters work by pumping pool water through a filter into a solar collector where the water circulates and warms, then back into the pool. Solar heaters can also be used to cool your pool water simply by allowing it to circulate at night. You’ll want to make sure that you have a large space that isn’t shaded to get the most out of your solar heater. Solar heaters should be positioned within 45° east or west of true south. You determine the tilt angle of the solar panel by taking your latitude and subtracting 10° – 15°.
So why not start your swimming season a bit early by installing a pool heater? If you already have a pool designed by Complete Landsculpture, we know you’ll want to be in it ASAP.
By: Wylee Wooldridge