A look at the evolution of pool heater technology

Energy efficiency; consumers demand it and product development teams strive for it. These days, it is also the focus of advertising and packaging designs for nearly all home and industrial equipment. From light bulbs to dishwashers to automobiles, the amount of energy consumed is a major factor in the research and development (R&D) of new products, not to mention their ultimate purchase by the end-user.

Pool heaters are no exception. In fact, the various types of pool heaters on the market are often compared to each other based on energy efficiency. The four available heating technologies in the pool industry are: gas (natural gas or propane), heat pump, electric resistance-style (very few pools use these systems anymore), and solar. It is generally understood that heat pump technology is more energy efficient than gas, while electric resistance-style heaters are less efficient. Solar heating is the most efficient in terms of the cost of generating heat (it is free from the sun), but there are variables in how efficiently water is pumped from the heat source (e.g. roof-mounted panels) to the pool, as well as in the cost of the solar collectors.

That being said, this article will focus on gas heaters as they are the most commonly used for pools and have changed the most over the past 30 years.

By: Pool and Spa Marketing


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