If you want to invest in an outdoor pool, you may want to consider one with a heater for year-round enjoyment. What heater works best for your pool will depend on your personal preferences as well as your budget. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option, you may want to go with something like a solar-powered heater. Alternatively, a basic electric heater will work fine as well. There are pros and cons to both options.
Electric Pool Heater
The biggest pro of using an electric heater is the ability to adjust the temperature to your preference. Of course, this is only applicable in areas where outside temperatures are in the 45-50-degree range. An electric heater is therefore ideal for California or Florida weather. A good electric heater heats a pool quite faster than cheaper alternatives.
Electric pool heaters are much cheaper than solar heaters. One of the biggest cons about electric heaters is their life expectancy – they are not going to last long, especially compared to solar-powered heaters. Electric heaters generally last about 10 years, which is half the lifespan of a solar heater.
Solar Pool Heaters
Although the initial cost of solar pool heaters may be higher than electric heaters, solar heaters cost much less to use since they use energy from the sun. Solar heaters last longer and have lower maintenance costs than electric heaters. In terms of quality, solar heaters are better than electric heaters.
Solar pool heaters heat slower than electric pool heaters. They also have a much higher price tag than an electric heater does. As a rebuttal to the expense, however, it’s possible that a solar water heater can pay back the initial cost of the purchase by saving on power costs over the years. Generally, the solar heater will pay for itself in about seven to 10 years. Considering most solar heaters can last up to 20 years, opting for solar pool heaters over electric pool heaters could eventually save some money.
Once you make your decision on how you’ll heat your pool, decide on a pool service company that can keep your pool swim ready. Blue Chip Pool Service is that company. We offer a wide array of pool cleaning services for our client including debris removal, leak repairs, vacuuming, and chemical service. Contact us today at (561) 907-4862 to find out how you can get your first pool cleaning free!