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Should I Use a Gas or Electric Pool Heater?
If you are considering purchasing a heater for your swimming pool you are probably trying to decide which is the best type of heater for your pool. With many styles and options available, deciding which type of pool heater is best for you is a tough decision for most people. The best option for you depends upon many factors such as your climate and location, the size of your pool, how much sun and wind exposure exist and whether or not a solar cover will also be used. We’ll help you go through the advantages of both gas and electric pool heaters so that you make the best purchase decision.
You’ll first want to think about how you wish to use your heater. Do you want heating at a steady temperature all year long, or do you want your pool to heat quickly during the weeks of the year you really want it warmed up? If you want a steady temperature all year long, electric may be the best option for you. If you have two to three months throughout the season where you don't need to heat the pool, or if a solar blanket provides enough heat, then a gas heater may be best.
Electric Pool Heaters
Electric heat pump pool heaters extend the use of a pool on average by 2 to 3 months depending on the climate and location.
Some advantages of heat pumps can be that they are relatively inexpensive to operate with monthly costs ranging between $50 to $150. They are designed to be energy efficient, with a lifespan of up to 20 years, and are environmentally friendly emitting no air pollution by using renewable energy.
Some disadvantages of electric heat pumps are that they are typically expensive to purchase, are dependent upon the air temperature and heat the pool water slowly.