August 28, 2013
Let’s cut to the chase. You’ve got a pool and need that bad boy heated so you can enjoy the pool more year-round.
So which pool heater is right for you? We’ll compare electric heat pump pool heaters to solar pool heaters by showing you the pros and cons.
An electric heat pump pool heater uses electricity to move heat from the air to your pool; it does not create heat by burning gas like a gas pump does.
Solar pool heaters use your existing pool pump to move the water through a filter and then through a solar collector (which is mounted on any location that's exposed to the sun).
The warm collector heats the water, which is then returned to the pool.
According to Energy.gov, “Solar pool heaters are more popular and cost-effective in sunny states like Florida, Arizona, and California.”
It’s the option we also recommend as heating and cooling experts. We believe it will save you the most money if you’re looking for a pool-heating option. (Although if you want to be able to swim year-round, you could actually need both.)
While solar pool heaters may have a higher initial cost, they easily pay themselves back over the years since they cost less to use and maintain and are replaced far less often than electric heat pump pool heaters.
To learn more about solar pool heaters in the Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa and Port Charlotte area, talk to one of our experts for help.
To do more research on your own, read Energy.gov’s article on solar pool heaters.
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