Gas and Electric Pool Heaters for Winter Swimming
Heat your Florida pool in winter to enjoy outstanding benefits. You can continue swimming year around, which is excellent exercise. The warm water can provide healing to ailing joints and stiffness; and there are other health benefits, as well. If there are freezing temperatures, you don’t need to worry about possible damage because the pipes in a heated pool are always flowing with water. A heated pool can even increase the value of your home by up to 15%, based on averages. Gas pool heaters and electric pool heaters are both excellent options, to get in on all the benefits of keeping your pool warm throughout the winter.
Electric Pool Heaters
Electric pool heaters are also known as “heat pumps” and they are the popular choice among many homeowners. At Pool Works, we sell Rheem brand electric pool heaters. A benefit of this brand is that it not only heats pools in winter, it also makes pool water refreshingly cooler in summer.
For installation of a pool heat pump, a concrete base is needed. Other requirements are a buried electric line running from the home breaker panel to the heat pump’s subpanel. For safety reasons, an electrician must handle the power connection for the electric pool heater. Plumbing is required that includes routing water in and out of the heater.
Typically, electric heat pumps are reliable and rarely require repair. Components that might fail over time include compressors, circuit boards, and capacitors. With proper maintenance, the lifespan is usually between 10 and 20 years.
Benefits of heat pumps include:
· Energy efficiency
· Inexpensive to operate
· Environmentally friendly
Possible downsides of using a heat pump to heat your swimming pool are that the pool water heats slowly, upfront purchase is expensive, and operation is dependent upon air temperature.
Gas Pool Heaters
Gas pool heaters can be fueled by either propane gas or natural gas. One of the top manufacturers is RayPak, and Pool Works experts are highly trained and have experience with installation and maintenance of this brand of gas pool heater. However, our technicians are also skilled at providing maintenance and repair on all brands.
In the past, gas heaters were the most popular type of pool heaters. The decline came as a result of rising gas prices and the innovation and efficiency of heat pumps.
A concrete base is needed next to the heater, for installation of a gas heater. A buried gas line is installed that runs from the gas meter to the pool heater or from the heater to the propane tanks. For safety reasons, gas constructors must handle connection of the gas. Plumbing includes routing water into and out of the gas heater.
Gas heaters have a much shorter lifespan than electric pool heaters. A gas heater will run for about 5 to 6 years with virtually no maintenance or repair needed. But as components wear out, it becomes necessary to begin replacing parts of the heater, which can have steep price tags of up to $800. There is some costly upkeep in the duration of the 10 to 15-year lifespan of a gas heater.
Benefits of gas heaters include:
· Comparatively affordable at the time of purchase
· Operation is independent of any air temperature requirements
· The pool water heats quickly
Among the disadvantages of gas heaters are high monthly cost of operation, not environmentally friendly, and not energy efficient.
Feel free to contact us at Pool Works, if you’re ready to have a gas heater or an electric pool heater installed. The benefits of a heated pool are undeniable. There is no better way to make the most of your investment than to use your swimming pool in every season of the year.