Comparing Different Types of Pool Heaters: Part 2
Pros and Cons of Gas and Propane Swimming Pool Heaters
Fuel-powered swimming pool heaters that use gas or propane are great for heating up the pool in a short amount of time. They are extremely efficient at heating water, much like a gas powered water heater for your home. With that said, this speed comes at a cost. Gas and propane pool heaters may become expensive if you use them on a regular basis because of the constant need to refuel. The fuel may end up costing less than the electricity used for electric heaters, but the heater itself will also cost more than the electric units.
Due to the efficiency of gas swimming pool heaters, they do not require as much maintenance as other models. They tend to experience fewer problems than electric heaters because their parts do not go through as much wear and tear. This allows you to get more out of your overall investment because you do not have to constantly pay to get your heater repaired.
Keep in mind that regular pool maintenance, performed by a team of professionals, will also allow you to maximize the lifetime of your pool heater – regardless of the type you choose to use.
Gas and propane prices fluctuate throughout the year. You may not spend much to heat your pool one year, only to spend a lot of money on fuel the following year. Of course, electric prices can do the same, but they are less subject to change than energy products.
Pros and Cons of Solar Swimming Pool Heaters
Solar swimming pool heaters are popular in the modern world because they are an environmentally friendly way to heat a swimming pool. The heater harnesses the natural energy of the sun to raise the temperature in the pool, much like the water itself does as it absorbs the rays throughout the day.
Because solar pool heaters rely on the sun to work, they may not be effective on overcast days. If your yard is surrounded by trees or tall buildings, you may be limited in the amount of sunlight your heater can soak in. This will translate to more days out of the pool because there is not enough sun in the sky to keep the water heated.
Solar pool heaters are easy to install, and they are extremely durable. You may have to replace your solar panels from time to time, but that's it – no electricity, no fuel, no hassle. Most of your expense will come in the unit itself, and some states offer tax deductions for the use of solar energy, similar to the grants available for installing solar panels on your roof. If you can give up consistent, year-long swimming, this is a great option to keep in mind.
If you need more information about different types of swimming pool heaters or you want a quote for installing one on your pool, give Pool Max a call and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you.