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Should I Install a Heat Pump or Solar Pool Heater?

Posted on: January 10, 2017

Thinking of putting in a pool? Or perhaps you already have one with a heat pump, but you’re considering switching systems. So which is better, a heat pump or dedicated solar pool heating? Weigh the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision.

Heat Pump Pool Heating

Solar heat pumps can help heat your pool, and they even use solar energy in the process! But are they the best option? You decide.

Heat Pump Advantages

  • High efficiency: Heat pumps for pools are usually very efficient, costing most homeowners only about $50-$100 each month, particularly when the weather is not too cold.
  • Excellent temperature control: You can expect fairly reliable pool temperatures most of the year when you use a heat pump

Heat Pump Pool Heater Considerations

  • High maintenance: You will need to invest in periodic service by an HVAC contractor when you install a heat pump for your pool.
  • Confusion: Homeowners often think that solar heat pumps will run entirely on solar energy, but you need to leave them running all the time in order for them to function properly, so they constantly use electricity.
  • Compatibility with the climate: Because heat pumps use the air around it to transfer heat to the pool, they are not very efficient in colder climates like the one in Long Island.

Solar Pool Heating

Solar panels use energy from the sun to heat your pool. This option is growing in popularity in sunny climates. With about 234 sunny or partly sunny days a year on Long Island, solar pool heating is certainly an option.

Solar Pool Heater Advantages

  • Low lifetime costs: Solar pool heaters have very low operating costs. In fact, at the height of a sunny day, which is the prime time to go swimming, you can heat your pool for free!
  • Prolong the season: Instead of dreading high utility costs on cool but sunny spring or autumn days, let your solar panels heat your pool for free. This extends the swimming season and maximizes your investment.

Solar Pool Heater Considerations

  • Dependent on the sun: You may need to supplement your solar heater with gas or electric power if you want to swim at night or on cloudy days.

Solar vs Heat Pump Pool Heating: The Final Verdict

Even though heat pump pool heating has its benefits, solar pool heating is the way to go, particularly on Long Island. To learn more about installing a solar pool heater with the help of Energy By Choice, contact us today!

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