Plunging into icy water might be an incredibly effective way to wake up, but few people are thrilled by the idea of taking a dip in a chilly swimming pool. Especially Floridians.  Most will happily forego chattering teeth and goosebumps for the chance to swim in water that is clear, blue and a more reasonable temperature. That’s why many pool owners consider swimming pool heaters and pool covers as an essential when building a pool. What kind of heater is best for your pool? What benefits can you expect from a pool cover?  Here’s information on the top 4 types of swimming pool heaters.  All are broken down by cost and effectiveness.  You can choose which ones is best for you.


Electric Pool Heaters

If you’re looking for a top-notch pool heater at a reasonable price, an electric pool heater is the way to go. Unfortunately, the heater’s lower price tag is offset somewhat by the cost of operation. Electric pool heaters tend to consume between $250 and $500 in energy each year. It’s a price that many pool owners pay without grumbling because these units can easily raise the water’s temperature to between 80 and 90 degrees, a range that most swimmers consider ideal. Electric heaters normally have life spans of 5 to 15 years, and they aren’t bothered by shade or bad weather. As long as power is available, an electric pool heater can be counted on to keep your pool comfortable.

Solar Pool Heaters

Is being green important to you? A solar pool heater might be your top pick. While the cost of a solar pool heater will set you back a bit more than a comparable electric model, the operating costs for solar pool heaters are negligible. Because they capitalize on the free energy the sun provides, solar heaters won’t cause your electric bill to spike. Most cost less than $75 a year to operate. These systems can bring your pool’s water up to 85 degrees or so, and they enjoy a long life expectancy of 10 to 20 years. However, they have one obvious drawback. They only work when the sun is shining. A cloudy day will bring heat production to a halt.

Gas Pool Heaters

Whether you opt for a natural gas or a propane pool heater, a gas pool heater will allow you to transform a chilly pool into a toasty swimming spot fairly rapidly. This perk comes with a price: purchasing one of these units will generally cost you between $1,000 and $1,500, and they aren’t as efficient as other types of swimming pool heaters. They also aren’t known for endurance. Few last more than five years.

Pool Covers

Why would you want to bother with a pool cover? With a pool, roughly 70 percent of the heat loss is evaporative and convective. Covering your pool allows you to retain more of the heat that you paid to add to your water. It helps to maintain a comfortable water temperature, so your heater will run less, which means that you’ll enjoy a lower energy bill. As an added bonus, if you don’t already have a pool screen enclosure, a quality pool cover will also help you keep your pool clean by preventing leaves and other debris from tumbling in.

At American Pools & Spas in Vero Beach, Florida, we delight in providing top-notch craftsmanship, quality pool products and superior customer service. If you want to learn more about pool heaters or need assistance with a pool cover, contact us today at 772-777-8655.