Swimming Pool Heaters
There are 3 basic types of swimming pool heaters. Just like home heating they are gas, solar and electric. Gas comes in two flavors propane and natural gas.
Electric comes in electric resistance heat and heat pumps. For heat pumps it is 300 %- 400 %.
Gas heaters work by burning gas in a combustion chamber. The water passes through a coil in the combustion chamber sucking up the heat. The heat not absorbed by the water passes through the flue to the outside air.
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Electric heaters use electric resistance coils just like in an portable electric heater or toaster. They are just bigger and use more electricity than a toaster.
Electric heaters will need an electric line installed which could be costly. They are also the most expensive to operate.
Solar panel are mounted to the roof somewhere. The disadvantages are they are not attractive and they operate with the sun. No sun no heat is the disadvantage. They are the least expensive to operate as the only expense is pumping water through the collectors.
Heat pump water heaters come in two configurations air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps. They are just that. Air source heat pumps take heat from the air. Their efficiency varies with the temperature.
Ground source heat pumps get their heat from running a tube of liquid in the ground and it picks up heat from the ground. Ground source heat pump efficiency doesn’t vary with air temperature. They are the most expensive to install and the least expensive to operate except solar.
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