Heat makes the difference between having a pool and always enjoying your pool. Today, we explore the differences between a gas heater and a heat pump to help you select the best option suitable to heat your pool. How often do you plan to use your pool? Do you want to heat your pool for the weekend or all day, everyday? Are you looking to maintain a constant pool water temperature, or would you prefer to select what time and day you’d like to warm your water? How often are people actually going for a swim in your pool or relaxing in your spa? The Weekend Swimmer If you’re heating your pool or spa mostly on weekends, and you have access to natural gas or propane in your home, your best solution is likely a gas heater. Let’s talk about gas heaters. Knowing your Utility Source Based on the energy source available in your home, you will choose a natural gas or propane heater. Gas Pool & Spa Heater Benefits The greatest benefit of a gas pool and spa heater is that they can heat most spas in less than 30 minutes, and your pool in hours, versus the extended time required initially to warm the pool with a heat pump.
Gas heat is ideal if you don’t use your pool or spa on a daily basis, and just want to heat your pool or spa as needed. Another benefit of gas pool heaters is they perform well in any climate. They’ll heat your pool and spa on the coldest of days versus the air temperature limits of a heat pump. Key Attributes Hayward’s gas pool heaters are environmentally responsible and lower the cost of ownership via superior energy efficiency and product reliability. The Daily Swimmer If you like to take a swim after work everyday or use your pool as a workout, your best solution is likely a heat pump. Let’s talk about heat pumps. Heat Pump Pool & Spa Heater Benefits Heat pumps are incredibly energy efficient at maintaining a constant water temperature and can deliver savings of up to 70% versus gas heat. Heat pumps are very efficient because they utilize the heat from the surrounding air to heat the pool’s water versus burning natural gas or propane. Heat pumps work well in warmer climates but are at a disadvantage in colder climates. Although a heat pump will operate at temperatures above 50° F, air temperatures near 50° F may not have sufficient heat in the air to keep your pool as warm as desired.
At these lower temperatures, a heat pump is likely not the best option for heating your pool. Key Attributes The Heat Pro Heat Pump is the most efficient way to heat or cool your pool or spa. Warmer climates and especially pools and spas with dark surface finishes, benefit from the water being cooled. If you live in a climate that can become extremely hot, the heat/cool heat pump is the perfect choice.
The Best of Both Worlds Combined Benefits – Gas Pool Heater and Heat Pump If you want to heat your pool and spa simultaneously and at different temperatures, you can install both a gas heater and a heat pump. A gas heater and heat pump combination will deliver energy savings utilizing the heat pump a majority of the time, and switching to a gas pool heater when the temperature drops. Benefits of Dual Heat Sources: • The ability to maintain your pool and spa at different temperatures at the same time. • Most energy efficient way to heat or cool your pool and/or spa in any climate • Heat pump efficiently maintains ideal pool temperature while gas heater rapidly raises spa temperature on demand • The ability to choose between heat pump or gas heat on cooler days and in colder climates There are many different factors that impact your buying decision.
For more information on selecting and installing the right heater for your pool, contact your local pool professional. Visit Hayward.com/Locator to find a professional near you..