Did you know that a huge proportion of the home structure fires is caused by various types of heaters?
Yes, in 2014 alone, approximately 56,400 fires were reported and in 2016, 44% of the home equipment fires was attributed to heaters. Despite these statistics, people seem can’t get enough of equipment, especially in regions that experienced extreme weather.
So, if you can’t avoid it, what then can you do?
You can take the necessary precautions like following the recommended installation system and of course, choosing the best heater type that is suitable for your pool.
This entry is dedicated to pool owners who are confused about which type to buy: Pool Heater Gas/Propane Vs. Heat Pump Vs. Solar?
Pool Heater Gas/Propane Vs. Heat Pump Vs. Solar: Choosing the Right Type
Gas or most commonly known as propane heater is the go-to choice of many pool owners when it comes to heating pools.
The main reason for this is that this type can operate independently amidst the outdoor conditions. Thus, if your pool is located outside or is in an open space, the propane type is a better choice.
The gas heater works by burning the fuel inside the combustion chamber and when the pool water flows through the copper coil in the chamber, the water is then heated before it returns to the pool.
Another reason why this type is popular is due to the fact that it warms the water faster than the other pool heater types. The major con is that it has a high running cost as well as the installation cost. Therefore, as much as the upfront cost is concern, this may be an expensive choice.
The number one alternative for gas heater is the electric type. This heater makes use of a heater pump, which many consider as an eco-friendly option. Because of its environmentally friendly feature, this heater is one of the top choices for Green advocate individuals.
This doesn’t require connection to a gas line, and it is also easier to install. This pool heater type also heats up the pool water real quick but for it to be more efficient, you have to run it longer and at higher temperature.
How does it work? Surprisingly, this is actually somewhat a type of solar-powered. The sun warms the air in the space. This warm air is then pulled in by the pump, which enhances the heating process of the pool water before it is transferred to the pool.
One of the key-selling points of solar pool heaters is the fact that it is powered by a renewable energy source—the sun. This means that it has lower running cost and actually helps you save more money in the long run. This also requires less maintenance and minimal operating cost. In fact, we highly suggest you get this type if your budget allows it.
But why is it that many pool owners are opting the electric and propane types? The sad reality is that solar-powered pool heaters have a very expensive initial cost. A single solar panel can cost around $200. Also, the solar system that you need to properly heat a pool should be 50 to 100 percent of your pool’s surface.
In addition, this option is not really enticing in regions which doesn’t receive as much sunshine in the day but is a great choice for places with warmer climates.
Solar heaters work by transferring the thermal energy of the sun to the solar system connected to your pool pump. Once the pool water runs through the heated pool pump, the water is already warm enough for swimming.
Choosing the best pool heater type is crucial if you want to save more on your monthly bills. Also, consider the climate in your area. If you live in a country with good sunny weather, the heat pump or the solar the are excellent options. For those who live in places with extreme weather conditions, the propane type might be more economical, especially if you want your pool to be heated rather quickly.