Advantages of pool heat pumps over gas heaters include lower operating costs, longer life spans and greater energy efficiency. Pool heat pumps are also more environmentally friendly. Advantages of pool gas heaters over heat pumps include lower purchase costs and faster heating.
Pool heat pumps are more expensive to purchase, but typically cost less to operate than gas heaters. Heat pumps also maintain swimming pool temperatures better than gas heaters, making them ideal for people who need constant heating and use their pools frequently.
Good-quality heat pumps have a longer lifespan. If they are properly installed and maintained, they can last up to 10 years. A gas heater is generally expected to last five years. Annual maintenance performed by a professional helps to get the most out of a heat pump, because malfunctions such as improper water flow can drastically reduce the life of the appliance or damage its internal components.
Heat pumps have a better coefficient of performance compared to gas heaters, making them more energy-efficient. This translates to lower heating costs and a higher rate of return in the long run.
Lastly, heat pump operation is more environmentally friendly. The unit burns clean energy and does not produce the emissions associated with burning gas and other natural fuels.