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How Do You Heat An Above Ground Pool?

Take advantage of your above ground pool by installing a swimming pool heater to extend your swimming season. With a pool heater you can keep your pool water temperature comfortable for swimming during the swimming season's cooler periods like in the Spring and Fall, and cool Summer nights. If you are in the market for a heater for your above ground pool it is important to know what type of heater is best for you. Although there are many types of pool heaters, they fall into three categories: gas heaters, electric heaters, and solar heaters. Let's take a closer look at these types of pool heaters:

Gas Above Ground Pool Heaters

Powered by propane or natural gas, a gas above ground pool heater will require such a hook up or tank in order to run. The gas will then be burned to heat the pool. Once it's running, you can expect an efficient response, quickly heating your pool. Here is a look at some of the pros and cons when purchasing a gas pool heater.


  • In most cases quality Gas Pool Heaters are initially a less expensive investment compared to electric or solar models.

  • Can heat your pool in a short period of time, which is ideal for vacations, weekend pool parties, and unusual cool season weather.


  • High operating cost, as it involves natural gas.

  • Must pay attention to efficiency rating on models to avoid paying even more in operating costs

Electric/Heat Pump Above Ground Pool Heaters

The electric above ground pool heater, also known as a heat pump pool heater, is an electrically operated device encompassing elements of solar heating. The heat pump pool heaters take the warmth from the air and transfers it to the pool. They do not need direct sunlight to still function effectively. Pros

  • If properly maintained they have a long lifespan

  • Relatively low operating costs, despite using electricity to operate

  • Good for areas that frequently encounter cloudy weather


  • Require periodic maintenance to keep electrical parts functioning

  • Initial cost of heater is relatively high in comparison to other types

Solar Above Ground Pool Heaters

Solar above ground pool heaters are completely reliant on solar energy, meaning rays from the sun. This energy is converted to heat pool water. Models vary, where some may be set up on your roof, others may be installed on the ground. N44530_XL


  • The most environmentally friendly option

  • They are becoming more popular. As more people turn to sustainable living options, solar above ground pool heaters have become an increasingly popular option.

  • Requires little maintenance

  • Extremely low operating costs

  • Long life-span


  • Initial investment and installation is more expensive than gas pool heaters.

  • Environmental conditions must be ideal for heating. Bad weather can mean a decrease in pool temperature.

  • After a stretch of bad weather it can take more than 24 hours to regain ideal pool temperature.

  • Ideal for warm climates with lots of sun

You can find the perfect swimming pool heater to fit all your pool needs, and budget, here.  Have a question about above ground pool heaters?  Contact us here, we're happy to help!

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