Unless you live at the equator, you’re most likely going to need to heat your pool water. We’ve all excitedly jumped into a pool only to be shocked by the frigid water and what do we do? Swim as fast as we can to the ledge and hop out shivering our tails off of course! Even in warmer climates, a comfortable water temperature means a more joyful swimming experience and a longer swimming season. Invest in a heat pump or a heater to get the most out of your pool. But do you know how to pick the right one? Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of heat pumps vs. heaters:
Heat pumps use an electrical source to transfer the energy needed to heat the outside air using a compressor component. The heat created is then pumped into your pool and the cold air is blown out from the top of the unit. Heat pumps are best used in a relatively warm climate or during the warmer months, ideally one that stays above 50℉. They are a very environmentally-friendly way to heat a pool for the whole season and are energy-efficient. That means you can leave the heat pump on longer and keep your pool not too cold, not too hot, but just right. Just don’t tell Goldilocks. Heat pumps typically have a higher initial cost than a heater but require less energy to do their work, so the lifetime cost may be lower, depending on your climate. Remember, you will need an electrical source to plug your pool heat pump into.
Heaters use either gas or propane to heat your pool water. They offer a powerful way to heat your pool quickly and on demand. If you live in a colder climate or need your pool heated less frequently, then this is the option for you. Heaters can increase your pool water temperature by several degrees per hour, so if you decide to have people over tonight, just fire it up and your guests will love your warm pool! You will need a hookup to a gas line or a propane tank. To decide whether gas or propane is ideal for your needs, consider the cost and access to gas or propane in your locality.
Brothers Pool carries the best in pool heating options. If you’re looking for a heat pump, ask us about our Aquacal heat pumps. For a heater, ask for the Starite MaxEtherm heaters. You can reach us at (203) 265-5980 or check out our store at 250 Main St. in Wallingford, CT.