Pool Heaters

Installing a pool heater can lengthen the swimming season. There are three types of heaters: electric, gas, and solar.

Electric. Electric heaters operate in much the same way a heat pump works in HVAC systems. They pull heat from the air and transfer it to the pool. These heaters run on electricity and should be serviced periodically by an HVAC professional.

There are two types of electric heaters: electric resistance heaters and heat pumps. Electric resistance heaters can be used year-round, but they are expensive to operate. Heat pumps can also cool water if it gets too hot.

Gas. Gas heaters use propane or natural gas to warm water. They can heat pools to any temperature during any weather condition because they burn fuel and do not pull heat from the air.

Solar. Solar heaters are less common in Georgia because they require direct sunlight in order to operate at their best potential. These heaters generally require solar panels to be installed on the roof of a house. The pool’s water is pumped through a series of tubes to the panels to be warmed by the sun and then the warmed water is returned to the swimming pool.