How Does a Propane Pool Heater Work?
Enjoy Your Pool More, Heat It with Propane
A propane pool heater simply burns gas to warm water from the pool pump, then cycles the water back into the pool. That’s why propane pool heaters are an ideal choice for in-ground and aboveground pools and spas.
But you may ask, do I really need a pool heater in the first place?
For starters, while average temperatures in New York enable the typical swim season to last from late May through early September, we still have to contend with some below-average temperature days and evenings during that time.
And what will your plan be or the rest of the year—especially if you’re someone who enjoys a daily swim as a fun form of aerobic exercise? It seems a shame to travel elsewhere and just let that backyard swimming pool go to waste.
That’s where the best pool heaters come in. There are a few different types, each of which offers its own benefits to help keep your pool warmer when the temperatures cool down.
It goes without saying—but we’ll say it anyway—that our obvious choice should be a high-efficiency propane pool heater (sometimes referred to as a gas pool heater). It’s a popular option because propane pool heaters can quickly heat your pool to your desired temperature. Many people feel that this is the best pool heater around.
If you rely on one propane fuel and service provider, they know your home’s heating source and can seamlessly integrate your pool heater and install it quickly and properly for you. Your propane service professional can also take care of annual maintenance to ensure your pool heater runs problem-free.
What Are the Best Propane Pool Heaters?
The best propane pool heaters are:
- easy to install and maintain
- durable and reliable
- available in a number of sizes and colors
Propane Pool Heaters Vs. Other Options
Propane pool heaters have distinct advantages over other pool heater types, including:
- Electric heat pump heaters – While these are more cost-effective than using a simple electric element pool heater, electric heat pump pool heaters need to use surrounding air to warm water in the pool – which means it can only produce water that’s slightly warmer than the temperature of the air. That’s a problem if you feel like a swim when there’s a chill in the air.
- Solar pool heaters –These have higher upfront costs and take longer to heat your pool compared to a propane pool heater. A solar system also doesn’t work at night and its operation is limited on cloudy days when the sun isn’t at its brightest. So, this type of pool heater is limited in how much heat it can provide. If you enjoy midnight swims, solar pool heaters aren’t for you.
- Natural gas pool heaters –Propane pool heaters give you the same performance of natural gas heaters without the expensive hardware and hassle needed to connect the pool heater to your home’s gas line.
To learn more about propane pool heaters and the many other ways you can take full advantage of propane inside and outside your home, reach out to your New York propane service provider and they’ll be glad to give you advice.
Read about the many benefits of using propane beyond pool heaters.