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What Type of Fuel Is Used with Pool Heaters?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at 10:49 am

Pool heaters help you enjoy your pool year-round. As a homeowner, you have some choices about how to fuel your pool heater. It’s important to understand what your choices are so that you can make the best choice for you and your home. If you are looking to replace or upgrade your pool heater, a new pool heater installation in Ponte Vedra may offer you the opportunity to consider a new type of pool heater that may be a better fit for your home than your current one. Having expert experience at hand for your installation is an important part of the process, so call the people you can trust: Climate Masters.

Fuel Types

Here are the four main fuel types used with pool heaters:

Electric Resistance Heaters

As the name indicates, electric resistance pool heaters use electricity to heat the water in your pool. The way an electric resistance heater works is by heating an element called the resistor, which resides inside the heater. Water flows through the inside of the pool heater and is warmed by the resistor. The resistor can lose heat quickly during the transfer process, so electric resistance heaters are typically used for small pools, like therapy pools.

Solar Panels

Solar panels can be used to collect heat, which is how they can help heat your pool water. Pumps push the pool’s water into the solar panel where the water is heated; once it reaches a specific temperature, it is pumped back into your pool. It is recommended that you use a back-up system with a solar pool heater for cloudy days.

Gas Heaters

Gas heaters use natural gas or propane to heat the water. Inside a gas heater, a combustion chamber heats coils; the pool water passes over these coils and the heat from the coils transfers to pool water. Gas heaters have been widely-used, but gas can fluctuate in price, which can be of concern to some homeowners.

Heat Pumps

Heat pump pool heaters have become increasingly popular. Heat pumps heat by transferring heat from one location to another. An air-source or water-source heat pump can be used with a pool heater; using a small amount of electricity, these heat pumps transfer the heat they harness from either the air or the water and apply it to the pool water. However, the heating process can be slower using a heat pump than with a gas heater.

As you can see, you have a number of choices when it comes to installing a new pool heater at your Ponte Vedra home.

Need some help with your pool heater? Call Climate Masters today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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