Swimming pools are a great way to cool down and get some exercise while enjoying the summer sun. Many homeowners have extended the length of their pool season to be able to take advantage of them year round by using a pool heater. If you know you want a pool that you can use all year, or at least for the clear majority of the year, a pool heating system is an obvious choice, but which one is the best option for you?

Gas Pool Heaters

Gas heaters heat your pool by burning natural gas or propane. The gas burns inside a combustion chamber that contains a series of copper coils. The water is heated when it passes through the coils. Gas heaters are historically the most popular swimming pool heating option, although that popularity is decreasing due to high gas prices. Gas heating may be the best way to go for hot tubs that aren’t used often.

Pros

  • Inexpensive to purchase
  • Operates independently of air temperature
  • Heats pool water quickly

Cons

  • Expensive to operate
  • Not energy efficient or environmentally friendly
  • Only lasts for approximately five years.

Electric Pool Heaters

Using an electric heater, or heat pump is growing in popularity but falls short in many respects when compared with other options.

Pros

  • Inexpensive to operate as compared to gas heaters
  • Energy efficient and environmentally friendly
  • Operates independently of air temperature
  • Can last for 10 to 15 years

Cons

  • Expensive to purchase
  • Heats pool water slowly

Solar Pool Heaters

This option uses solar panels to transfer heat from the sun to your swimming pool. While it may need to be paired with an auxiliary heating source for nights or cloudy days, solar is the best way to heat your pool if you don’t also need to heat a spa or hot tub.

Pros

  • Inexpensive to operate – no monthly costs
  • Adds 100% of the cost to the resale value of your home
  • Energy efficient and environmentally friendly
  • Lasts 15 to 20 years

Cons

  • More expensive to purchase
  • Dependent upon the sun (But in Phoenix, that’s rarely a problem!)

Solar Pool Heating in Arizona

With so many days of sunshine in Phoenix, it makes sense to take advantage of a free resource to keep your pool nice and warm, even when the temperatures start to cool down. Extend your swim season by taking advantage of one of the multiple pool heating products offered by Aqua Science. Contact us today to learn more about solar pool heating options.