Pool Heaters: Which Is Right For You

Elevating your pool experience from a refreshing dip to a warm haven involves choosing the right heating solution. From solar covers to natural gas heaters, a myriad of options await to infuse your pool with warmth, transforming every swim into an experience. The ideal choice is sculpted by the constraints of your budget and temperature preferences. This article delves into the heart of pool heating, exploring the two prominent types: gas heaters and electric heat pumps.

Gas Pool Heaters


  • Compatible with controllers
  • Effectively heats in cold temperatures
  • Rapid heating
  • Lower upfront Cost


  • Not applicable for indoor pools
  • Higher operating costs
  • Not Environmentally friendly

Gas heaters are ideal if you have at least one of the following:

  • You plan to heat the pool throughout the year
  • You have an attached spa that requires heating to over 100 degrees
  • Adding a 30-50 amp breaker necessitates an upgrade to your electric service.
  • Your gas meter is located very close to you pool equipment area.
  • You already have a 500-gallon propane tank (LPG) installed on the property.

Electric Heat Pumps

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  • Quick heating but slower than gas
  • Low maintenance
  • Safe functionality
  • Easy installation


  • Operates at more than 50ºF
  • Must be professionally installed
  • Higher upfront cost

An Electrical Heater is ideal if you have at least one of the following:

  • You want an eco-friendly pool heater that doesn’t emit carbon oxides.
  • Your pool usually has a solar cover when not in use.
  • Slower water heat-up is not a concern.

Building a new swimming pool? Not sure which pool heater is right for you? Let your team at Waterscapes help you navigate the waters! At Waterscapes, a specialist from our design team will walk you through every step of building a new swimming pool and the equipment that comes with managing.  Connect with a specialist today!