There are a number of pool heater options on the market, including electric, solar, gas, and propane. However, not all pool heaters are right for every application. Besides, they all have their own advantages and disadvantages, which can make it difficult to choose the best one for your pool. But let’s assume you’re interested in an electric swimming pool heater, we’re here to help you determine whether it really is the right pool heater for you.
The Types of Electric Swimming Pool Heaters
You may be wondering how an electric pool heater works. But before we dive into the logistics it’s important to note that there are two types of electric pool heaters: electric resistance heaters and heat pumps.
Electric Resistance Heaters
Electric resistance heaters generate heat from electric currents. Through the addition of a metal resistor or heating element that runs throughout the unit, electric resistance heaters are able to quickly convert electrical energy into heat. As water flows through the system and over the heating element it absorbs the heat and the heated water flows back into your pool. The cycle continues until the desired temperature is reached.
Electric Heat Pumps
The second type of electric pool heater is called a heat pump, which sources heat from the ambient air and transfers it to the water. Inside the heat pump are coils and within those coils are liquid refrigerants. When heat that is pulled from the air comes in contact with the coils the liquid refrigerant turns into a gas and travels through a compressor which moves the condenser that heats the pool water.
Unlike solar energy, which is affected by levels of sunshine or gas heaters that can be affected by extreme temperatures, electricity is a constant in our day-to-day lives. This makes the electric pool heater the most reliable pool heater you can own. Another major benefit of heat pumps is their versatility, as many models can both heat or cool a pool. This is a major perk for those who live in areas where the summer air can cause pools to morph into extra large hot tubs.
Some Electric Pool Heater Benefits
Beyond requiring electricity, electric resistance heaters and heat pumps don’t have many similarities. For instance, since electric resistance heaters source heat from electricity, they can perform well regardless of the outside temperature and are ideal for fast, intermittent pool heating. In contrast, heat pumps are more suited for constant heating and are more energy efficient than electric resistance heaters. During warm weather, the energy costs of a heat pump can be up to 85% less than resistance heaters. However, once the ambient air temperature drops below 50℉, its efficiency decreases.
How Much Does an Electric Pool Heater Cost?
Although costs vary, the average range for an electric swimming pool heater is anywhere between $1500 to $5000, plus installation. For instance, electric resistance heaters often require wiring upgrades or alterations to existing electrical supply channels. This means installation can cost up to two to three times more than that of a heat pump or gas heater.
It’s also important to consider costs incurred after installation, such as your monthly utility bills. The average monthly running costs for an electric resistance heater is around $500 per month, whereas, a heat pump runs around $100 per month, since it captures heat instead of generating it from electricity. Although heating a pool will always cost you more than enduring the water temperature, whatever it may be, using an efficient electric pool heater can help you minimize those costs.
How to Choose the Best Electric Heater for Your Pool
If you’ve decided that an electric pool heater is the best choice for you, it’s time to figure out the best type of electric pool heater. Although there are many on the market, we carry eight great options from five different brands.
Hayward Heatpro Heat Pump
The Hayward HeatPro Heat Pump is UV and rust-resistant, highly durable and will heat your pool well into the cooler months. Its electronic temperature controls provide users with the luxury of maintaining their desired temperature all the while keeping an eye on energy savings. Its compact design also means this heat pump is easy to install. It’s the heat pump of all heat pumps and truly offers it all.
Pentair UltraTemp Heat Pump
Pentair UltraTemp Heat Pumps are known for producing reliable and durable products and this heat pump is no different. The model comes with an LCD control display, which allows you to set your heating up quickly and easily. Plus, it’s so quiet and efficient, that you may forget it’s even running.
Thermeau Signature Heat Pump
This Thermeau Signature Heat Pump is one of our more budget-friendly options that doesn’t lack in performance. Equipped with top-of-the-line electrical and mechanical parts, this pump can heat your pool water faster than most, while keeping operating costs low. Plus, the Thermeau comes with an advanced defrost system and electronic temperature controls, which means that this heat pump will actually extend your pool season.
Let Us Take Care of Your Electric Pool Heater Needs
At GPS, we take pride in every single installation and repair that we do. Every technician we work with is up to date on the latest technologies to ensure you get the best possible service.
When you choose GPS Pools you can relax knowing that your pool is in the hands of industry experts. Call us today and let us help you take the guesswork out of selecting and installing the best electric pool heater for your swimming pool.