Swimming Pool Heat Pump and Pool Heater Comparison Guide


Have you been thinking about purchasing or replacing a swimming pool heater or heat pump, but you’re not sure which option is best? To help you make an informed decision, we’ve put together some information, including a comparison guide, to make it easier to decide which choice is best for you.
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First, you should consider where you live. For heat pumps to work properly, they need to be in an area where the air temperature is about 45 degrees Fahrenheit or higher year around. This is because heat pumps operate by drawing in outside air and converting it to heat. For heat pumps, the higher the air temperature, the more heat they can extract and convert into warmer water. On the other hand, a swimming pool heater can be used anywhere, regardless of climate.
Next, one of the most important factors when choosing between a heat pump and heater is the purchase price and the cost to operate. The pool heat pump has a much higher upfront cost than a pool heater. However, if you were to purchase a pool heat pump, the money you invest on the front end will pay off over time because a heat pump uses half the amount of gas to get the same BTUs than a pool heater and about a quarter of the amount of electricity as an electric heater. So, if you’re going to be operating your swimming pool’s heat pump constantly, it will more than pay for itself over time when you compare it to a pool heater’s capabilities.
The installation of a pool heater varies depending on if it’s a gas or propane heater. Be sure to factor in the cost of running a gas line to the unit when considering your pool heater purchase; that way you are not caught off guard when you receive the quote for installation service by a professional. Also know that electric pool heaters and pool heat pumps require electrical wiring be run to the unit. So, be sure to include the cost of that installation service as well when budgeting for this purchase. Finally, note that electrical wiring installation does typically cost less than a gas line.

Swimming Pool Heat Pumps:

Swimming Pool Heaters:

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  • Much lower operating costs
  • Better for the environment
  • Inexpensive and easy-to-install
  • Can be used in any environment
  • Electric heater is inexpensive and easy to install
  • Lower purchase price
  • Offer more units with higher BTUs
  • Requires proper air temperature
  • Higher initial cost
  • Cost more to operate
In our estimation, a swimming pool heat pump is the most efficient way to heat your swimming pool, assuming you have the right weather conditions. Even with the higher initial cost, the long term effects on your wallet and on the environment are worth the investment.

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