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As the temps are likely to reach triple dig­its this week, it’s hard to think about mak­ing that refresh­ing pool water warmer. But come early fall, a few more degrees will be a wel­come thing. The addi­tion of a swimming-pool heater can extend your swim sea­son for months. Here are the options:

Solar Pool Heaters use the sun’s energy (even in our cloudy clime) and the exist­ing pool pump to cir­cu­late the water through the heater.  The heater usu­ally sits on the roof or in the yard.  Remem­ber, though, while solar energy is free, the pool pump must be run­ning for the solar heater to prop­erly oper­ate. Using solar heaters can actu­ally increase your PGE bill.

Elec­tric Heat Pumps also use solar power. The ambi­ent warm air is pulled in to the elec­tric heat pump, enhanced, and trans­ferred into the water. While many heat pumps require ambi­ent tem­per­a­tures of approx­i­mately 55+ to prop­erly func­tion, we’ve got one at our new Port­land demo pool that works in tem­per­a­tures as low as 40 degrees, per­fect for the Pacific North­west. We love it.

Gas Pool Heaters use propane or nat­ural gas. They burn the fuel while the pool water runs through cop­per coils as it heats up, then returns to the pool warm.

The Bot­tom Line on Pool Heaters.

Like we said above, solar heat pumps are not FREE and might boost your elec­tric bill by $300 to $950 a year.

Gas heaters might run you $300-$500 per month, depend­ing on what kind of fuel you choose.

Elec­tric heat pumps are going to be your most effi­cient bet, gen­er­ally aver­ag­ing $50–100 per month.

If you think heat­ing your pool sounds like a smart move for you, give us a ring and we can walk you through the best options.

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