Electric, Solar and Gas Swimming Pool Heaters

If you need to purchase a heater for your pool, it is important that you learn which ones offer the best benefits. This is a big problem for many new pool owners because there is such a high number of available heaters out there, and it can be difficult to find the best ones.


Electric Resistance Heaters

These are one of the types of heaters available for your swimming pool. These systems work by using electric currents to create heat. This current is then applied to the resistor found inside of your heating unit, which causes that to heat up too. When this happens, the pool water will wash over the unit and start to heat up. As this process occurs, the water leaves at a much warmer temperature, but it takes away the heat from your resistor which means that more electricity must be used to re-heat the current and then the resistor constantly, so that the water can constantly be heated.

So what are the advantages of an electric resistance heater?

The first advantage is that they are quite inexpensive to purchase compared to other heaters. You can find them available for less than two thousand dollars. The second advantage is that they operate independent of whatever the air temperature is outside. The third advantage is that they do not emit any pollution and are therefore an environmentally friendly option.

But what are the disadvantages of using an solar resistance heater?

The main disadvantage is the operation cost. You will end up spending between five hundred and six hundred dollars per month just to keep a small spa sized area heated. The second disadvantage is that they are expensive to install originally because they require circuit breakers which are large-amperage and they require heavy duty wiring. The third disadvantage is that they are not energy efficient and will run up your bill quickly.

Gas Heaters

Gas pool heaters are another option for heating your pool. They burn propane or natural gas in an effort to create heat. Gas burns inside of a chamber known as a combustion chamber. This chamber contains a lot of copper coils. As the gas starts to burn, water will pass through the copper coils and heat up. Gas heaters are typically the most widely used heaters for swimming pools, but today they have dwindled in popularity thanks to a higher price of gas and the creation or more energy efficient heaters.

So what are the main advantages of a solar heater?

The main advantage is that it is inexpensive to purchase initially, costing just under fifteen hundred dollars for the unit. The second advantage is that the solar pool heaters will operate regardless of the temperature outside. The third advantage is that they heat the water in the pool quickly.

But what are the disadvantages of using a solar heater?

The main disadvantage to using a solar heater is that the operational costs are quite high and will run about three to five hundred dollars per month to operate. In addition, they are far from environmentally friendly due to the high amounts of air pollution they emit, and they are far from energy efficient. The final disadvantage to using gas heaters is that they only last around five years before they need to be replaced.