As the mer­cury drops, pools around the North­west are cov­ered and for­got­ten until June. But there is a way to extend your swim sea­son all year round…even in Port­land. Pool heaters are grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity… and rel­a­tive affordability.

 

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Here are your pool heater 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 Port­land pool with a pool-heater sounds like a smart move for you, give us a ring and we can walk you through the best options.

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