The practicality of a swimming pool is limited to the months that you are able to use it, fortunately by adding a heater to your pool you can make it more practical longer. There are two primary types of heaters that are utilised in order to provide heat to your pool with there being slight variation between the two types. Heaters and pumps each have their own advantages and disadvantages and are more or less effective depending on each bespoke case, using the descriptions below you should be able to find which one better suits your needs.
The most widely used heater can be powered by propane or natural gasses which generates heat by warming the coils inside the pump before circulating the water back out. This is repeated quickly increasing the temperature of the pool. View our range of pool heaters here.
- Lower upfront cost. They tend to be cheaper upfront than the electric heat pump making it a more affordable solution to many.
- Quick Heat. Due to how quickly it is able to fully heat your pool it’s perfect for quick dips and pool parties.
- More efficient when it’s cold outside. Because they create their own heat within the combustion chamber, they are perfect for colder climates.
- Top choice for hot tubs. Because of their small size, a pool heater is the best option for smaller pools or hot tubs/Jacuzzis.
- Upkeep can be costly. Because of their higher operating costs if used frequently they can be quite costly.
- Less energy efficient. Since they need to heat quickly the power, they generate is not practical over the longer term.
Electric Heat Pump
The popular solution for many larger pools or more frequently used ones is the electric heat pump which takes electricity from the air, this air is then passed over a coil making it into a gas which is then heated. The water pump then takes the water and heats it before passing it back into the pool. View our electric pumps here.
- More cost-effective in the long term. They require less energy than the pool heater in the long term even though they come with a larger initial price.
- Works well in a warm climate. Because they take in heat from the air, climates, where it’s naturally warm, allow for it to be heated quicker.
- Perfect for pools that are used often. Using an electric heat pump can help keep your pool at a steady temperature for longer meaning its perfect for frequently used pools.
- Since it utilises air temperature the running cost for the pump is low.
- Heats Slower. Because the heat that is generated doesn’t come from the burning of fuels the time it takes to fully heat the pool is considerably longer.
- Not as efficient in colder climates. The heat generated comes directly from the air, locations with colder climates would therefore further extend the time it would take to heat the pool.
Which one is for me?
Both the Pool Heater and the Heat Pump have their own set of advantages and disadvantages and show different levels of efficiency depending on the surrounding climates and the type of pool that is being heated.