Living in Florida means you can get use out of your pool for most of the year. However, there are times when the pool temperature may not be quite as warm as you’d like. And if you’d like your pool water to be comfortable all year, a heater is a necessity. Deciding if a gas heater vs electric heater is right for you depends on a few things. We’ll take a look at both to help you decide which option is best for your backyard pool.
Choosing a Gas Heater vs Electric Heater
While the difference in gas vs electric heat is pretty obvious, you may not be as aware of the fact that each has two heater types. Gas pool heaters can use natural gas or propane. Electric pool heaters are electric resistance heaters or electric heat pump heaters.
It’s also important to know that each type of heater has costs that vary greatly based on a few factors. The only sure way to determine which option works best for your pool, is to compare them across the board and determine which you would prefer to work with. Let’s take a deeper look at each.
The Pros and Cons of Gas vs Electric Heat
As mentioned before, gas pool heaters use natural gas or propane to heat up the water. Year after year, they remain one of the most popular types of swimming pool heaters. This might be because gas heaters work considerably faster and tend to be less expensive.
The Cost of a Gas Heater vs Electric Heater
Others might say that gas heaters are less expensive, but that’s only part of the story. Gas heaters are typically cheaper than electric swimming pool heaters when it comes to the initial cost. However, gas heaters rely on the prices of natural gas and propane, meaning that despite the heater itself being a bit on the less expensive side, the cost to operate a gas heater is usually more expensive in the longer run.
Electric swimming pool heaters differ quite a lot from gas heaters in terms of costs. The units tend to be more expensive up front and the cost of installation is a bit more because of their intricacies. However, electric pool heaters are usually cheaper in the long run. Electric pool heaters also tend to be more reliable than gas heaters and have a longer lifespan.
Heater Efficiency and Installation
By nature, gas heaters have a greater environmental impact than electric heaters. However, electric pool heaters take longer to heat up your pool water and are less efficient in colder temperatures. This is because they rely on outside heat to warm up the pool water. You can avoid these issues, however, by using a pool cover. The cover will help trap the heat in the water and thus make the process quicker.
Additionally, to set up a natural gas pool heater, you will have to connect the unit to your gas line. Propane pool heaters need a propane tank to work. But electric heaters require certified technicians who can safely and properly install the equipment.
The Best in Gas Heaters
At GPS Pools we carry three different brands of gas and propane heaters to ensure you’re able to have the pool experience you’ve always wanted.
Pentair MasterTemp Low Gas Heater
The Pentair MasterTemp Low Gas Heater is an eco-friendly and ultra-high performance product. It offers best in class energy efficiency, convenience, and reliability. On top of performance, it’s super-quiet operation won’t intrude on your backyard experience. Additionally, with it’s digital capabilities, your pool or spa can be the perfect temperature at the push of a button.
Hayward Universal H-Series Gas Heater
You have 250K or 400K BTU to choose from with the Hayward Universal H-Series Gas Heaters we carry. These heaters are environmentally friendly due in part to their hydraulic design that significantly reduces the circulation pump run time. Since the flow is well managed, the Hayward gas heater is resistant to chemical corrosion and salt water. It can even tolerate modern salt-based electronic chlorination systems.
Rheem Digital Propane Heater
With a contemporary design, the Rheem Digital Propane Heater is one of the best propane heaters on the market today. Its design technology includes a Fire Tile ceramic fiber combustion box that keeps the product running efficiently while ensuring the outside jacket stays cool. This is a great safety feature for families, as it won’t retain heat when it’s turned off. Rheem also recently obtained the highest efficiency ratings out there.
The Best in Electric Heaters
As a leading provider of pool equipment, we carry a few brands of electric heaters to suit your preferences and needs.
Hayward Heatpro Heat Pump
For ideal water temperature, without using much energy, the Hayward Heatpro Heat Pump is an energy-efficient, durable, and easy way to heat your pool. It’s ArmourCoil protected heat exchange powers the water through the system and heats it before returning it to your pool. It maintains water temperature with an electronic temperature control, resulting in incredible energy savings. Sometimes, jup to 80 percent on heating costs.
Pentair UltraTemp Heat Pump
Pentair is known for reliability and energy-efficiency, and this UltraTemp Heat Pump is no different. It quietly and efficiently maintains the temperature of your pool so that when you’re ready to swim, your pool is ready for you. And because of its user-friendly LCD control board display, it’s extremely easy to operate.
Thermeau Prestige Heat Pump
If you’re looking for record heating time, the Thermeau Prestige Heat Pump could set industry standards. Plus, this model doesn’t sacrifice efficiency for speed. With unprecedented electrical and mechanical components, the product uses 5 or 6 times less energy than conventional heat pumps.
Gas Heater vs Electric Heater: You Choose
Remember to consider the following when trying to decide between a gas vs electric heater for your pool:
- Price at the onset and in the long run,
- Energy efficiency,
- Heat consistency,
- Installation, maintenance, and repair.
If you are unsure which type of pool heater is better for you, consider how often you plan on using the heater. Also, take into account the average temperature of the area you live, and whether or not you plan on swimming during cooler seasons.
Remember, the experts at GPS Pools are always here to help. For more information and advice regarding swimming pool heater options and costs – or to have yours installed quickly, expertly and affordably, contact us today.