Heaters can significantly extend what you consider “pool-season.” In fact, many Florida pool owners have found that installing a heater makes their pool available for year-round use. However, choosing a pool heater can be difficult. There are multiple options to choose from, each with pros and cons. Fortunately, this guide can help.
Solar Pool Heaters
For Florida pool owners, a solar heater may be their best option. They turn the sun’s UV rays into energy. Considering Florida gets so much sun throughout the year, this could be one of the most effective heating methods. The effectiveness of a solar heater is not based on the temperature outside but instead on whether the sun is out or not.
Solar heaters can also be very easy to install since they connect to your existing pool pump. However, they require an abundance of space to be useful. To heat your pool, you’ll need to install solar panels equal to 50% – 100% of your pool’s surface area.
Solar energy is free, meaning you won’t be paying for the heat source itself. But to heat your pool, your pool pumps will need to be continually running. This could cause a spike in your electrical bill. You may want to consider investing in a high-efficiency, variable-speed pump.
Propane Pool Heaters
You may see propane heaters otherwise listed as gas pool heaters. They are a great option because they do not rely on external factors like the sun. They can also heat your pool more quickly, or to higher temperatures than a solar pool heater can.
With a propane pool heater, your pool water will run through heated copper coils and then return to the pool. Although useful, these pool heaters can also be a bit more expensive to operate because they run on natural gas.
Heat Pump Pool Heaters
Electric heat pumps work by extracting heat in the air and transferring it into your pool water. They are very dependent on the temperature outside, and will not function if the temperature drops below 55 degrees. Your electrical bill will likely go up when using this heater.