Summer is undoubtedly the best time to swim. Plunging into the warm water provides an unbeatable feeling of relaxation. However, those warm days aren’t a year-round joy.

When the cold season arrives, many people close off their above ground swimming pools because the water is too cold. This doesn’t have to affect you – the best solution is investing in a heat pump.

What is a Heat Pump?

As the name suggests, a heat pump is a device used for warming your pool. It works like your air conditioner in that it draws air from the atmosphere and uses it to heat the water inside your pool.

Unlike gas heaters which provide instant and short-lived warmth, heat pumps keep constant water temperature throughout their operation. This is why they automatically turn on and off to ensure the water is at the desired temperature.

Where Should You Install a Heat Pump?

Ideally, you should place your equipment in an open outdoor area without many structures. Uninterrupted airflow is one of the primary factors that improve the pump’s efficiency.

Also, the pump should be in close proximity to your pool. Placing it too far away results in heat loss during transmission, which also increases your electricity bill.

How Much Power Does a Heat Pump Consume?

A standard 100,000 BTU heat pump consumes five kilowatts hourly. This is cheaper than natural gas.

Why Should You Buy an Electric Heat Pump?

Here are the benefits of purchasing an electric heat pump.


The average lifespan of a well-maintained heat pump is 15 years. In contrast, gas heaters last for only five years.

The heat exchanger is the main reason for the disparity in lifespan. Heat pumps have titanium exchanges that don’t rust. On the other hand, gas heaters have copper exchangers that corrode when exposed to salts and other chemicals produced during combustion.

Environmentally Friendly

Are you conscious of the environment? A heat pump is a more eco-friendly option than a gas heater. While they aren’t entirely green, heat pumps require 80% fewer fossil fuels to generate the same amount of heat as gas heaters. Even better, they don’t emit harmful gases like carbon monoxide.


Despite having higher upfront costs than gas heaters, heat pumps are cheaper to run over extended periods, as electricity is less costly than natural gas. Moreover, you can connect the heat pump to your solar energy system and harness free energy from the sun.

Wrapping Up

A heat pump is a must-have if you want unlimited access to your pool throughout the year. This equipment is efficient, affordable, and can last for many years if you maintain it properly. The best thing is that it’s more friendly to the environment than its fuel-powered competitors.

Now is the time to install a heat pump, whether you are renovating an existing pool or starting from scratch. If you’re ready, contact the experts at Affordable Pools. We will listen to your preferences and recommend the best type of pool for your home. 

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