Different methods for pool heating include solar, electric element, electric heat pump and gas heating. Solar pool heating systems are the most popular due to the low operating costs, while gas heaters are the most expensive in terms of operation and maintenance costs.
Solar pool heaters work through solar systems that are installed on the roof and transfer heat from the collector to the water. Buyers have to incur the initial costs of buying the collector, installing the system on the roof and connecting it to the pool. The collector should be at least 80 percent of the size of the pool, and gradual collector increments can enhance the effectiveness of the heating system. The availability of the sun determines the effectiveness of this pool heating method.
The electric element heating method uses an electric element that is connected to the pool and uses electricity to heat the water. This system is not as popular as the other methods of heating. The electric heat pump system works by absorbing heat from the air and transferring it to the pool water. This systems uses relatively low amounts of electricity and is efficient for all weather conditions.
Gas pool heating systems are mostly used for commercial pools and offer a quick heating solution for hotels and spas. Gas heaters can be used to complement solar heaters during colder months.