Every pool owner wants to get the most out of their swimming pool and one of the best ways to do just that is to extend the swimming season. In-ground swimming pool heaters raise and maintain water temperatures so that swimmers can enjoy fun and exercise in a comfortable aquatic environment more days of the year. While all in-ground swimming pool heaters can make pool water more comfortable and lengthen the swimming season, they do not all operate in the same manner.
In fact, there are several different types of heaters for in-ground swimming pools, and each type provides water heating in a different way and offers different benefits. The following information describes the various features as well as the pros and cons of in-ground pool heaters and will help pool owners to make an informed choice between gas swimming pool heaters, heat pump pool heaters and solar pool heaters.
While the purchase price of gas in-ground swimming pool heaters can range anywhere from $875 to $5500, many reliable, quality models can be found at the lower end of that range. This means that gas in-ground pool heaters are generally the most affordable type of pool heater to purchase. However, propane and natural gas in-ground swimming pool heaters have higher operating costs than heat pump heaters or solar heaters. In order to reduce operating costs, pool owners should look for gas pool heaters with a high efficiency rating. Units with a rating of close to 80 per cent will provide good efficiency and effective heating. While lifespan will depend upon the quality of a particular model, gas pool heaters should generally last for at least five years.
To purchase a heat pump pool heater for an in-ground swimming pool, a pool owner will typically have to pay somewhere between $1600 and $4600. While this purchase price is higher than the price associated with many gas pool heaters, pool owners should keep in mind that heat pump pool heaters have a much lower cost of operation than gas pool heaters. In fact, since these heaters only require a small amount of electricity, their operating cost is very low. Accordingly, many pool owners view the purchase of a heat pump pool heater as an excellent long-term investment. Heat pump heaters for in-ground pools are also popular with pool owners who want to use solar energy for heating purposes but are unable to accommodate a solar heater in their yard.
Solar in-ground pool heaters are available in system kits which can cost anywhere from $300 to $4800. A larger swimming pool will require a larger solar heater and will thus require a greater initial investment. However, aside from the fact that they are environmentally friendly, solar pool heaters are also extremely popular because they have no cost of operation. And since these heaters will typically last for 10 to 20 years, they present an excellent investment. Before purchasing solar pool heaters, pool owners should keep in mind that these heaters are not effective during inclement weather and are thus best suited for sunnier climates. That said, however, a few days of warm weather will return the pool to a comfortable and pleasant temperature.