Whether you’re a first-time pool owner or looking to upgrade your current swimming pool, heating systems are an excellent investment for enjoying your pool year-round. But do you know which pool heater is right for you? Consider your options—let’s take a look at the pros and cons of owning a traditional electric heat pump versus solar pool heating.
Electric Heat Pump Pool Heater
An electric heat pump pool heater combines electricity and air to heat your pool; it does not create heat by burning gas the same way a gas pump does.
Some benefits of owning an electric heat pump include:
- Successful maintaining temperature of your pool so long as the outside temperature remains above the 5ºF–50ºF range. Perfect for your South Florida swimming pool!
- Less expensive than solar pool heating.
- Heats the pool quickly and efficiently. A smart investment for occasional swimmers and those who don’t use their pool regularly.
Despite their many benefits, an electric heat pump might not be the right fit for every pool owner. Consider the higher operating costs compared to solar heating—around $900 annually without a pool cover, and around $200 when using a pool cover.
Another factor that might influence your decision making is durability. Electric heat pump pool heating systems last about 10 years; less than half as long as solar pool heater.
Solar Pool Heating Systems
Solar pool heaters work with your existing pool pump to transfer pool water through a filter and then through a solar collector. The solar collector is mounted on any surface that is exposed to the sun. The solar heat pump hears the water as it circulates back into the pool. Some pros of owning a solar heating system include:
- Free energy source—the sun! Ideal for environmentally-conscious Florida pool owners looking to cut back on energy consumption and gas/electricity costs.
- Low maintenance costs.
- Can last up to 20 years! That’s twice as long as a traditional electric heating system.
If you’re on the fence about solar pool heating, consider the initial costs. Solar heaters are the most expensive of the pool heaters and range upwards of $4,000 to buy and install. According to Energy.gov, a solar pool heating system efficiently pays back the initial set-up costs within 1.5-7 years.
So, Which Pool Heater is Best for Your South Florida Swimming Pool?
The choice is yours! As your trusted swimming pool heating experts, consider the long-term costs and use of your swimming pool. If you’re thinking of investing in a solar heating system, its cost-effectiveness will save you the most money down the line. While solar heaters may have a higher initial cost, they easily pay themselves back over time and are replaced far less often than electric pool pump heaters.
The Heat is On! Choose Horizon Pool & Patio
Thinking of going the traditional route with an electric heat pump? The pool heating professionals at Horizon Pool and Patio have got you covered. To learn more about electric heaters and solar heating systems, give us a call or visit us in-store today! For more information on what you can do upgrade your swimming pool, contact Horizon Pool and Patio today at (561) 790-0665.