Comparing Different Types of Pool Heaters: Part 1
Swimming pool heaters can be a wise investment because they allow you to control the temperature of your swimming pool. Instead of relying on the sun to do the work for you, you can determine when you do and do not want to swim. With that in mind, not all swimming pool heaters are created equal. Some may be better suited for your needs than others. In this guide, we will compare the different types of pool heaters so you can decide which one is right for you.
Different Types of Swimming Pool Heaters
Before you decide which swimming pool heater to get, you need to know what your options are. There are several types of heaters available, and every one of them comes with their own pros and cons. Electric pool heaters are the most widely used models, but gas, propane and solar heaters are available as well. We will explore each of these based on the benefits they have to offer so you can make an informed decision.
Feel free to discuss the pros and cons of each heater with your pool equipment provider. Your pool's size, shape, and existing equipment will play a role in deciding which pool is in fact right for you. The team here at Pool Max would be happy to walk you through the selection process so you end up as happy as possible with your investment.
Pros and Cons of Electric Swimming Pool Heaters
Electric swimming pool heaters are widely used in America because they are much more affordable than other models. For the money, you can get a reliable, well-working heater that can last through harsh environmental circumstances. With that in mind, the long term cost of using electricity to heat your pool is actually more than the cost of other heating sources, like solar panels or propane. You pay less upfront but more in the long run.
There are more varieties of electric pool heaters than any other pool heaters on the market, but that variety can make it difficult to decide which one you want for your pool. Your installation expert can evaluate what you will need based on your projected use so you do not have to navigate these choices alone.
With regards to heating power, electric heaters work extremely well in the summer months. At this time the heater is able to draw in warm air from outside and use it to power the motor and warm up the pool. However, many pool owners report issues with the heating abilities during the late fall and early winter because the temperature outside is too cold to keep the motor running properly. This may limit your ability to enjoy the pool as long as you want to.
If you are an environmentally conscious person, electric heaters are not going to be as good of a choice as solar heaters. They do not harm the environment as much as gas and propane heaters do, but they are not as eco friendly as other models.