In last week’s blog, we went over when and how to close an inground pool.…
If you’re like most pool owners, you want to take full advantage of your inground pool for as long as you can. After all, you want payback in enjoyment for your financial investment. We think one of the best ways to extend the pool season into the fall and earlier in the soring (if you want) is to install a pool heater.
As with most things, pool heating technology is continually changing.
Swimming Pool Heater vs Pool Heat Pump vs Hybrid
Once you’ve decided you would like to heat your pool, you have to choose among the various options. You now have the choice between a pool heater, a pool heat pump, and a hybrid heating solution. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each.
Gas Pool Heater
A gas pool heater uses either natural gas or propane to heat your pool. Some pros and cons to note:
- Gas allows for fast heat-up times.
- The operation is quiet.
- Operates in low temperatures.
- Can cost more to operate than a pool heat pump.
- Can use a lot of gas.
- Not as efficient as a heat pump.
Electric Pool Heat Pump
An electric pool heat pump is another option for heating your pool. They operate much as a house heat pump does. You can learn more about how they work in this explainer from the Department of Energy. Some considerations to note:
- An electric pool heat pump is more efficient than a gas pool heater
- It will last longer than a gas heater
- A pool heat pump costs more upfront, but the better efficiency and longer life allow you to save more money in the long run.
- It takes longer to heat the pool than a gas pool heater.
- It May not be as quiet as a gas heater.
- Best for operation in moderate temperatures no lower than 40 degrees.
Hybrid Heating Solution
This hybrid heating technology is a new option that combines the best of the two previous options. Let’s look at some of the specifics,
- It heats your pool faster than a heat pump.
- It’s more efficient than a gas heater.
- It has a long service life and is very dependable.
- It has a higher up-front price.
- It takes up more space than a gas heater.
- It requires both electric and gas lines to operate.
We Recommend Pentair Pool Heaters and Heat Pumps
Pentair is an industry leader in all sorts of products for inground pools, and their pool heater options are no exception. Not only are they superior products with great warranties, but they are also highly efficient. In fact, if it’s professionally installed, the Ultra Temp High-Performance Heat Pumps are eligible for a $200 rebate if purchased and installed before September 31.
But you don’t want to buy it just for the rebate. Before you decide which heating option is right for you, you’ll want to consult with pool professionals like the team here at Woodfield to help you analyze the choices based on the size of your pool and other factors.
Make It Exceptional. Make It Woodfield.
Installing a pool heater or pool heat pump is a great way to extend the time that you can enjoy your inground pool and spa. Late summer nights can cool down quickly once the sun goes down, but you shouldn’t have to get out of the pool because people are shivering or their teeth are chattering.
Fill out the contact form or call us at 443-299-6500 to get started. Or if you use our pool care services, just mention it to your service technician, and they can help get your pool heater installation scheduled.