Benefits of Using Portable Swimming Pools Instead of Conventional

Small portable swimming pools

Accessories / March 9, 2019

Gas heaters burn either natural gas or propane to create heat. Gas burns inside a combustion chamber, which contains a series of copper coils. As the gas burns, water passes through the coils and heats. Gas heaters have historically been the most widely-used swimming pool heaters, though their popularity is decreasing due to high gas prices and the advent of and efficiency of heat pumps.

Advantages of Gas Heaters Disadvantages of Gas Heaters
  • Inexpensive to purchase: many available for under $1, 500
  • Operate independently of air temperature
  • Heat pool water quickly
  • Expensive to operate: monthly operating costs between $300 and $500
  • Not energy efficient: COP between 0.80 and 0.85
  • Lifespan of five years
  • Not environmentally friendly: emit air pollution

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps use electricity to transfer heat to your swimming pool. Air-source heat pumps transfer heat from the air, and water-source (geothermal) heat pumps transfer heat from water. You can click here to learn how air-source heat pumps work, and here to learn how water-source heat pumps work. Because of their energy-efficiency, heat pumps have rapidly grown in popularity.

Advantages of Heat Pumps Disadvantages of Heat Pumps
  • Inexpensive to operate: monthly operating costs between $50 and $150
  • Energy efficient: COP between 5 and 6
  • Water-source heat pumps: operate independently of air temperature
  • Lifespan of ten to 20 years
  • Environmentally friendly: use renewable energy source and emit no air pollution
  • Expensive to purchase: many available for between $2, 000 and $4, 000
  • Air-source heat pumps: dependent upon air temperature
  • Heat pool water slowly

Solar Heaters

Solar heaters use solar panels to transfer heat from the sun to your swimming pool. As solar panels sit in the sun, they collect heat. Then, the swimming pool pump pushes water through the circulation system and through the solar panels. As the water passes through the solar panels, it heats. Because of solar heaters’ reliance on the sun, many swimming pool owners use auxiliary heaters during nights and cloudy days.

Advantages of Solar Heaters Disadvantages of Solar Heaters
  • Inexpensive to operate: no additional monthly operating costs
  • Energy efficient: operate with your pool pump
  • Lifespan of 15 to 20 years
  • Expensive to purchase: many available for between $4, 000 and $7, 000
  • Dependent upon sun: cannot operate at night and operate less efficiently in cloudy weather
  • Unattractive installations on swimming pool owner’s roof or lawn