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Solar Swimming Pool Heater vs Electric Heat Pump

Posted by Solar Source on Dec 3, 2015

If you have a pool and you feel like you are not able to use it as much as you would like, it might be time to look into a swimming pool heater to bring that temperature up. This will allow you to actually get use and enjoyment out of your pool year-round. With a lot of options available to consumers, let’s take a look at the difference between solar swimming pool heaters versus electric heat pump heaters.

Electric Heat Pump Swimming Pool Heater

The most common type of pool heater is the gas heater but many people are choosing electric because of the high price of gas. While more affordable, this still might not be the most efficient option available. In order for an electric swimming pool heater to work, the outside temperature must be above forty-five degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Timing

The pool is heated quite quickly with the use of electric heaters, however this consumes a lot of energy during the process. The time spent heating the pool is beneficial for people who might not use their pool often.

  • Lifespan

The lifespan of an electric heater is roughly ten years. This is quite a bit less than other heating options, such as solar swimming pool heaters, which can last fifteen to twenty years.

  • Costs

The cost of operation can range anywhere from $700 to $2,500 annually without the help of a pool cover. The initial cost to install them is pretty pricey as well. For the product and installation, costs usually range between $3,000 and $5,000.


Solar Swimming Pool Heater

When you invest in a solar heater, solar panels installed on your home or in your yard, will provide a power source and not eat up energy costs.

  • How It Workssolar-swimming-pool-heater-vs-electric-heat-pump.png

Once you set your desired temperature, sensors will monitor your pool’s water temperature and the amount of sun available to the solar panels. If the water needs to be heated, the solar valve opens and diverts the pool water to the solar panels where the water is heated and sent back into the pool. This process is repeated until the pool reaches its desired temperature.

  • Maintenance And Lifespan

Solar panels typically do not require any type of maintenance and the average life expectancy of this system is about twenty years or even longer.

  • Startup Costs

You can request a free quote to get an idea of what the startup costs would be like if you invested in solar panels. Keep in mind, Superior Solar offers $0 down and affordable financing plans. Most systems pay for themselves in 3 to 5 years.

Solar pool heaters have quickly become a very popular and also cost effective way to heat swimming pools all across the country. Just because you might not live in a sunny location such as Florida or California does not mean you cannot take advantage of this heating option. For more information on solar swimming pool heater options you can contact Superior Solar.

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