[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Swimming in your own backyard pool can be such a joy and a pleasure. After a long day at work, it is there for you to slip into its warm and welcoming embrace. There are a few things can compare to that.
When you get into your swimming pool, you want to a consistent temperature of your desire – no matter what the temperatures outside are in our fickle South Florida area. That’s where a pool heater can be quite handy. It’ll continuously keep your water warm and pleasant. You can just jump in and enjoy yourself.
What are your options?
There are primarily two types of heaters that you can use. Heat pumps and gas heaters. Below is a description of each of them with a list the pros and cons.
A heat pump extracts the heat from the surrounding air and disperses it into the water using electricity. How it does this is by drawing in the air with a pump and letting it warm a liquid refrigerant that then heats up a compressor. This compressor then transfers the heat to the water and the resulting cold air is exhausted out through the exit pipe. Very similar to how a fridge works, but in reverse.
– Much lower cost than other heaters due to the high efficiency
– Easy installation due to few parts
– Runs off your electrical bill instead of needing alternate power sources
– Takes longer to heat the pool
– Only works above a certain temperature. The 45ºF–50ºF range is usually the lower limit
A gas pump is powered by propane and so you need to have either a tank or gas lines running through it. What it does is it pumps water through tubes that have been heated by the gas. The water absorbs the heat and is then released back into the pool.
– Is not dependent on air temperature to function
– Extremely fast. An entire pool can be heated within the span of hours
– Needs either gas lines or a propane tank installed
– Depending on the gas price in your local area, it could be either significantly more expensive than a heat pump or roughly the same price.
– Much more emphasis needs to be given to a purchase due to the different gas and water connections available
Remember that whichever option you choose, you should speak with a pool heater professional prior to purchasing. Depending on the size of your pool, what you need might be vastly different than what you had in mind.
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