Pool Heaters: Gas Vs. Electric

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A pool in the backyard can work for many reasons. It makes for great scenery, a place of relaxation, and can supply great exercise as well. Choosing the right heater for the pool is essential. Two of the main types of heaters are gas and electric.


  • Electric heat pumps take the heat from the air and compress it, transferring it to the water afterwards for improved effectiveness. Gas heaters circulate the water out of the pool and into a combustion chamber that returns the water back into the pool.


  • The edge goes to electric heaters when it comes to repair and maintenance, as the lifespan is typically longer. Gas heaters average about five years of life and require more maintenance, while electric heaters can function for up to ten years.


  • Gas heaters are considerably pricier, averaging about $1,000-$1,500 a year to operate. Electric heaters only run about $250-$500 for the same time frame.


  • Gas heaters are perfect for seldom used pools, or pools that need to be heated in a hurry. Electric heaters are cheap, efficient, long lasting, and easy to maintain.


  • Owning a gas operated heater will cost more for the use and need to be replaced more often than an electric heater. The only real drawback for electric heaters is that they may not be ideal for those who do not want to keep the pool open year round.



  • Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Lali Masriera

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