What is the best way to heat above ground pool? There are several options we can do to heat above ground pool. Each of these cannot be said to be perfect, but from some way that there is the best or right for you to suit your needs. You can combine some options, so that will give the best results. However, pool heater is commonly used to heat pool water. Another way is using solar cover or solar thermal blanket. Then the question is ‘what kind of heater is best to heat an above ground pool?’ As we know, we can use an electric heater, solar ‘electric’ heater, solar space heater or gas heater. I am going to reveal which best pool heater based on heating speed, cost, and installation.
What is The Best Way to Heat above Ground Pool?
|Heating Method||Heating Speed||Start-Up Installation Cost||Running Cost||Practicality|
|Solar Cover/Thermal Blanket||(1.0 / 5)||(5.0 / 5)||(5.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)|
|Solar Heater||(4.0 / 5)||(2.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(2.0 / 5)|
|Gas Heater||(5.0 / 5)||(2.0 / 5)||(2.0 / 5)||(2.0 / 5)|
|Electric Heater||(4.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(1.0 / 5)||(5.0 / 5)|
Solar cover– When talking about heating method, above ground pool is different from an inground pool. However, solar covers work great for both. They will heat the pool by using the sunlight during the day and keep the heat during the evening hours. You can still put a solar cover whatever your pool form and design. Most solar covers (the ones that look like bubble wrap) just sit on top of the water surface, and they do not sit on the pool edges, so it does not matter if you have a fence around it or not.
The solar blanket should warm the water during the day and keep warmth in on cold nights. The con of the solar blanket is that they heat the water slightly. However, we can use bubble wrap and cover the water to expand surface area exposed to the sun to catch sunlight and also acts almost like a lens.
The thickness of the solar cover is represented by “ML” millimeter. The higher “mil” blankets are last longer and trap more heat because they can convey the heater faster. I suggest you buy a clear or very lightly colored sheet because they will transfer heat better than dark, black, or reflective covers.
Solar heater – The solar heaters are just sets of solar panels that you put on your roof or against a fence. The start-up cost of a solar heater is little expensive, it is about the same as a new gas heater, but the annual cost to operate and maintain is pennies on the dollar compared to natural gas.
You do not need to use any electricity no more as solar pool heaters use your existing filter pump. You just throw it out on the ground, roof or even wall, and amazingly the sun heats your pool water as it circulates through.
Gas Heater – Both gas heat pump and propane heater are expensive to install, but the running costs are very low as much electricity as a large deep freezer to operate a fan and a compressor. They are also about same in efficiency. With a natural gas heater, you will spend each month for amount gas you use, and it excludes the initial set up cost of having a tank set and filled.
However, you still need pool cover to make sure you keep the pool covered at night, or you will lose all the heat you gained all day long.