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Gas Swimming Pool Heaters

Many people put in a swimming pool only to discover that the water is often too cold to enjoy it. Heating the water in the pool will allow you to use it more hours of the day and for more months of the year.

A gas pool heater is the best choice for those who only use their pools for short periods or who do not use their pools on a daily basis during cooler weather because gas heaters are an effective way to heat the water quickly; however, but they can be expensive to operate. They are good for occasionally heating the pool water for guests or pools at vacation homes that are not occupied full time.

If you are thinking of buying a gas heater, consider the following:

  • Gas pool heaters can use either propane or natural gas. Propane requires a space for a storage tank, and natural gas will need a hook up to a gas line.
  • Most gas heaters are large enough to heat the pool water to any desired temperature regardless of the weather. They will last 5 or more years, but they require more maintenance than either solar or electrical heat pump heaters.
  • Gas heaters are usually placed on a concrete slab in the swimming pool area next to the pool water pump and filter.

A thermal heat pool cover should be used with all pool heating systems. Without a cover to retain the water's heat, the cost of heating the pool will generally double.

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