There is the apparent benefit to heating your pool; you get to enjoy the soothing warm water of your pool despite the season, but what about the not so obvious? A few of these benefits include:
Heating your pool will allow you to reap the health benefits that swimming provides. It is an incredibly low impact aerobic workout, helping you sleep better and improve your mood.
Increased Home Value
Pool heaters increase the value of your home. A pool is a huge investment and installing a pool heater allows you to take advantage of and enhance that investment year-round.
You can enjoy the endless quality family fun, giving you one more way to bond with your family. A heated pool allows you to host more outdoor pool parties.
How much does it cost to heat a pool?
For pool owners, summertime is spent relaxing and enjoying some swim time basking in the sun. If you are thinking about extending your swimming season and enjoying your pool year-round, knowing your options and the cost breakdown is the best place to start. Many of our customers look to understand the differences and benefits between solar, gas and electric pool heating, the cost to run each, and what the installation process looks like. You can learn more about each of these below.
Aqua Science Pool Heater Options
Solar Pool Heater
Solar pool heating is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly option to heat your pool in regards to the operational costs. Solar heating is a great option for warm, sunny climates as it doubles the swim season. Longevity is another thing to consider. The solar heating system can last up to 20 years if properly maintained. The energy savings, compared to electric or gas, will pay for the system within five years. Solar heating harnesses radiant heat from the sun to heat thermal panels, in turn, heating the pool water. The water is pumped from the pool into the solar panels, with each panel having dozens of small diameter tubes, the colder pool water is warmed as it travels through the panel and back into the pool. The process continues for as long as the panel temperature is warmer than the pool water temperature. Rest assured, when you invest in a solar pool heating system with Aqua Science you will be getting the highest quality solar panel with a 20-year limited warranty and the best BTU performance rating in the market. You can use this heating method with other heating systems or as a or as a standalone option. Learn more about Aqua Science solar pool heaters today.
Natural Gas Pool Heater
Natural gas pool heaters are a popular option for homeowners because of their flexibility. Gas heaters will heat your pool faster than other options, often allowing you to swim the same day. Besides heating quickly, gas heaters are the only heating option on the market that allows for year-round swimming in most climates. Our natural gas pool heaters gas pool heaters burn gas in a combustion chamber, which heats piping inside the chamber. The colder pool water is pushed through the heater piping, raising the water temperature and returned to the pool. The process continues until the desired temperature is achieved.
Electric Pool Heater
A heat pump pool heater is a great option for pool owners looking for a longer swim season. Much like solar pool heating, heat pumps will double the regular season, but do not require as much space or a specific roof direction. Heat pumps are more cost effective than gas heaters with regards to the operational cost. An electric heat pump pool heater draws in outside air and circulates air through an outer evaporator air coil. Liquid refrigerant within the evaporator coil absorbs the heat from the outside air and transforms it into a gas. The warm gas in the coil then passes through the compressor. The compressor increases the heat, creating a very hot gas that then passes through the heat exchanger condenser. As the gas and pool water is pumped through the heat exchanger, the hot gas transfers its heat to the water. The water is heated 3-5 degrees as it circulates through and then warmer water flows back into the pool. The hot gas, as it flows through the condenser coil, returns to liquid form and back to the evaporator, where the whole process begins again. The heating exchange requires very little electricity to run. Check out our electric pool heater options.
Adding a pool heater is a great way to optimize your outdoor space. A pool can occupy quite a bit of space in your backyard. If you are ready to use your entire backyard year-round, then contact us today! We would be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding installation, payment options or just general inquiries.
Heating a Swimming Pool
When it comes to heating a swimming pool, choosing the best option involves deciding what you’re looking to spend upfront and your monthly budget, as well as prioritizing advantages like energy efficiency, environmental responsibility, and the ability to heat a pool quickly, regardless of the temperature outside. Once you’ve decided which heater best fits your budget and lifestyle, you’ll be on the way to unlocking all sorts of great benefits.
Environmentally Conscious Heaters
The benefits of thinking green and acting responsibly when it comes to the environment go beyond cleaner air and water. Purchasing a pool heating system with the climate in mind (such as electric or solar heaters) can lead to all sorts of personal benefits:
- Ability to cool off pool in hotter months
- Fewer, if any, system replacements
- Low monthly operating cost
Both electric and solar pool heaters can have higher upfront costs, but due to their energy efficiency, they can last longer than gas pool heaters while also taking less money out of your pocket month-to-month. Solar heaters actually have very little operating costs, as well as zero pollution, making it the best choice for heating swimming pools while staying green.
It should also be noted that both solar and electric pool heaters can take several days to get your pool’s temperature up to a swimmable temperature. Also, because solar heaters require the sun to generate heat, they work best in the daytime on sunny days.
While electric pool heaters do add to your energy bill, they are still far more efficient than gas pool heaters. The heat exchange process doesn’t require as much energy as a gas unit and is more efficient in generating heat. Unlike Solar, Electric pool heaters will operate during the night, with temperatures above 50 degrees. So just like solar heaters, electric ones don’t result in any additional air pollution.
Their low monthly cost and versatility, making them a good investment to get the most out of your pool.
Quick Heating Option
Natural gas pool heaters are a popular option for homeowners because of their flexibility. Gas heaters will heat your pool faster than other options, often allowing you to enjoy swimming the same day. Besides heating quickly, gas heaters are the only heating option on the market that allows for year-round swimming in most climates. Gas pool heaters have higher operating costs, with the potential to hit $500 on a monthly basis, if used regularly. So, the ability to heat your pool quickly comes with a price that may be too high for some. Additionally, gas heat is not an efficient or green process.
Why Aqua Science
With 30 years of experience in the Phoenix-area, and 30 customer service representatives and technicians ready to help, Aqua Science is the expert in pool heating systems. Contact us now at 480-454-3700 or email us. Whether you’re looking to make a purchase today or if you have questions about the different heating solutions for you and your pool, we are here to help!