Types of Swimming Pool Heaters
- Gas Pool Heaters: These heat up quickly but can be a bit more expensive to run.
- Propane Pool Heaters: Like gas heaters, these efficiently heat up, but will take a bigger bite out of your budget.
- Electric Heat Pump Heaters: While these offer lower up-front costs, over the long run they can be more expensive to operate and are not as energy efficient.
- Solar Pool Heaters: These long-lasting sources of green energy have no operating costs. However, the initial installation cost can be high, and they do require year-round heat.
Three Things to Consider When Purchasing a Pool Heater
First of all, you will want to determine what size of a heater your pool will require. Obviously, larger pools require more powerful heaters. As a rule of thumb, however, a standard-sized pool will typically require a pool heater with horsepower between 3.5 and 6 and with 75,000-125,000 Btu output.
Secondly, efficiency should also be at top of mind. The coefficient of performance, or COP, number will determine the pool heater’s efficiency. The typical range in this regard is 3.0 to 7.0.
Next, you will want to factor in the cost of a pool heater. There are various factors that can affect the cost, such as the size of the pool, the local climate, and the location. Further, the cost will also depend on what additional hookups you may already have in place and even whether or not you have a pool cover.
Reasons to Heat Your Fiberglass Swimming Pool Before Spring Arrives
As a fiberglass pool industry leader, Leisure Pools® prides itself on incorporating the best raw materials, ongoing technology, and best in class quality control manufacturing processes that ensure your fiberglass swimming pool delivers the best in style, comfort, and longevity. A pool heater is an ideal complement to your pool.
Once you have installed your fiberglass pool heater, you will be on the receiving end of many wonderful benefits, especially if you begin heating your pool at the first sign of spring.