Pool Heat Pumps vs. Pool Heaters: Differences to Note

If you’re thinking of getting a pool or already have one, you will need a few accessories to keep it clean and balanced. No matter your climate, you’ll want something to warm your water up so you can make the most of your investment.

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In your search for the best way to do this, you’ll see two common options: a pool heat pump and a pool heater. Sure, they sound the same, but they each have distinct differences.

As you explore the choices in front of you, keep these facts in mind about pumps versus heaters.

Electricity, Gas, and Propane

The first major difference between the two is how they run. A pump uses electricity to heat the water. It catches the heat molecules, then transfers them to areas where they’re lacking. This warms up the water consistently but doesn’t create heat. It just uses what’s already there, which can save you on your energy bill.

Gas and propane heaters work oppositely. They generate heat where it’s lacking, which makes them a good choice for warm climates that already have some heat and need a little help to keep it consistent. This can use a lot of energy in cooler areas to get the job done.

Climate Efficiency in Pool Pumps

What kind of climate is your pool set up in? Heat pumps are designed to operate at optimal levels when the ambient outside air is at 45* or higher. 

At this temperature, heat pumps are efficient ways to enjoy the pool. Because transferring heat uses less energy than generating it, these pumps are environmentally-friendly and don’t cost as much to operate when compared to gas or propane heaters. 

The pump pulls heat in from the air outside (which is why you must run them when the air is at that preferred 45* temperature). The heat runs through the compressor, is increased, and injected into the water. Cold air is then pushed out the top of the pump.

Even better, if you keep up with them and maintain them regularly, your pool pump can last ten years or longer. A pump is a smart solution whether you have an in-ground or above-ground pool.

Swimming pool heaters are most efficient when they are used for short periods. They are good for warming a pool quickly and heating water faster than other methods. Natural gas or propane gas heaters can maintain a constant water temperature in any weather conditions.

Efficiency in Pool Heaters 

Since most of the world doesn’t get to enjoy 45* and up temperatures all year-’round, what are they to do when they want to swim in a warm pool? For colder periods, a pool heater works wonders.

When your goal is to heat the water long enough to use your pool for a short period, you can run your heat pump. For weekend enjoyment or a few days a week of warm water, the pump is an efficient solution. 

You’ll have to choose between running your heat pump on propane or gas, which depends on your area. If you have to install a gas line, it may be more cost-effective to use propane. 

Consider the availability and cost of each resource and whether it’s feasible to use your pump at those prices. The pool heater is going to have a lower initial setup cost, but over time, the pump may be a less expensive choice.

Krystal | Sunny Sweet Days
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