Are Pool Heaters Worth It?

are pool heaters worth it

Are pool heaters worth it or worth the money?

The answer is Yes.

However, It depends on the factors like weather, location, length of use and longevity. In this article, I will briefly discuss each of this factor.

  • Weather

For example, your pool is located in sunny environment and you’re using solar blanket, even in this case you might feel the cool water because of some days in the summer are highly humid.

Rainy summer days your pool water temperature goes down below up to 78 degree Fahrenheit. Pool water temperature also goes down after sun set.

  • Location

You live at the location where sun is available for full day and you have solar pool cover then you feel comfort while swimming. In this case you don’t require pool heaters.

If your pool is located in the shady area then even in the hot summer days, you may feel the cold water. In this case, you required a pool heater to enjoy the swimming.

  • Length of Use

This is very important factor to consider. If you’re using pool only for two months in the year then you don’t required any pool heater. It isn’t worth to invest.

You can use the pool for a good five months during the months of May and October if you have a pool heating system. That’s double the amount of time you’d get if you didn’t have one.

  • Longevity

Can you guess the longevity of pool heater? A quality pool heater can last up to 20 years. It is worth to invest. If you have regularly clean your pool then pool heaters can last up to 30 years.

Pool heaters is the value for money product & obviously it is worth to invest. 

Types of Pool Heaters:

As per the department of energy , there are mainly 3 types of pool heaters available in the market.

Gas Heater:

Gas pool heaters required either propane or natural gas to operate. The pool pump drawn the water from the pool through the filter and send it to the heater. Gas heater burns the gas and generate heat in the combustion chamber and transferred the heat to the water that returning to the pool.

Gas heater quickly heating up the water but it is expensive to operate. Gas heater is a great choice for you if you use your pool occasionally. 

Solar Heater:

Pool water that is drawn by the pool pump first comes in the solar collector & heated before return to the pool. In hot climates, this solar collector also works as a cooling medium and cool the pool water. you can achieve it by circulating water through the collector at the night.

The operating cost of solar heater is quiet low. It is little bit expensive to purchase. The only down part of solar heater is that it can’t work if you have lot of cloudy days because it required sun light to operate.

Pool Heat Pump:

Heat pump heater contains a fan that draws atmospheric air and send it to evaporator coil. Evaporator coil contains a liquid refrigerant that absorbs the heat from the air and convert it into the warm gas. This warm gas passes through the compressor where it gains the heat and finally heated warm gas reach at condenser. 

Heat exchange process takes place at condenser where heated gas transfer its heat to pool water to make it hot and heated gas converted in to the liquid form and returned back to the evaporator coil where all this process start again.

Heat pump requires electricity to operate. The upfront cost of heat pump is high but it is cheaper to operate than gas heaters. They’re not very efficient if the air temperature is less than 50 degrees, but it is not an issue because pools are most often used in warmer weather

The Average Cost of Running a Pool Heater

This is an estimated cost to running a pool heater. This is for your budget consideration if you’re planning to install a pool heater. The below mentioned cost will vary according to the fuel source you use.

Type of HeaterCost Per Month
Solar$0 to $10
Heat Pump$120 to $200
Gas Heater (Natural Gas)$200 to $400
Gas Heater (Propane)$200 to $850

As per the above table we can say that solar heaters are the cheapest to operate & gas heaters are expensive to operate.

Hope, you’ll get the answer of the question are pool heaters worth it and which one is the cheapest to operate.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are solar pool heaters worth it?

Yes, It is quiet cheap to operate. It is definitely worth to invest.

How much does it cost to heat a pool with electricity?

Heat pump will cost you around $120 to $200 a month.

How much does it cost to heat a pool with gas?

Gas heater will cost you around $200 to $400 a month if you’re using natural gas & in case of propane gas it will cost you around $200 to $850 a month.

How long to heat a pool with electric heater?

Heat pump heat the pool water by 20 degree Fahrenheit within 24 to 72 hours for the large pools & 45 to 60 minutes for small pools like spa pool. 

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