Gas vs Solar Pool Heaters, What’s Best?
Choosing a gas or solar pool heater is a daunting task. There are many advantages and disadvantages with each. It’s best to compare various makes and models to get the perfect match for the amount of water that needs heated. Here’s a list of pros and cons to help better decide the right fit for your set-up.
Gas Pool Heaters
These pool heaters run on both natural gas and propane to warm the water for swimming. Over many years gas heaters have been the most popular units, but for heating your pool their popularity has dropped because of rising gas prices. Here in the Palmdale, Quartz Hill and Lancaster area though, where the winters are not cold and harsh like the east coast, these heaters are still heavily used. Factor in new energy-efficient heat pumps that are getting more popular the costs to run can vary with each type of heater. Also consider how many days out of the year you use your pool.
Gas Heater Pros
- Cheaper with models for $1500
- Run separate to the air temp
- Heats swimming pool faster
Gas Heater Cons
- Pricey to run costing up to $500 monthly
- Save less energy when operating
- Needs replacing within 5 years
- Not friendly to the environment
Solar Pool Heaters
Solar pool heaters use the sun to bring power to your swimming pool via solar panels. The panels soak up sun rays and collect heat. Once hot water passes through the panels heating the water it then gets pushed through your pump. In climates that get less sun an auxiliary heaters is often used. These units need space to set up and sometimes finding the best place is not easy.
Solar Heater Pros
- Cost less to run $50-$150 monthly
- Can heat water for up to 20 years
- Energy-efficient when used with pumps
- Environmentally safe with no pollution
Solar Heater Cons
- Setups cost more at over $5,000
- Will not run during nighttime
- Sub par performance on cloudy days
- Panels placed on roof & lawn may not look good
If you’re in the Palmdale, Lancaster and Quartz Hill area and are unsure which heater is best give us a call. We will answer any questions about upgrading or repairing pool heaters. We have over 20 years of experience working with all makes, types and models of pool heaters. Our aquatic technicians are specialists that can complete many heater projects that other repairmen can’t.