The Best Pool Heater For Your Needs

With swim season pretty much over, if you love to swim you might start thinking about ways to extend your swim season. Depending on where you are, fall can be an exciting time for football season, cooler temps, holidays and so much more but if you’re a fan of summer and your swimming pool those days are pretty much numbered. It doesn’t take that much of a decrease in night temperatures to make a drastic change in how cool the water is to your comfort level. So with the upcoming fall season if you love to swim laps in your pool, have friends and family over for barbecues, or just enjoy relaxing in your pool we want to share a couple of ideas with you on how you can extend your swim season! The key on how to extend your swim season or how to use your swimming pool this winter is researching and purchasing the right pool heater for your needs!

This can be done by installing a pool/spa heater or pool/spa heat pump. There are some distinct differences between each, which can change your purchasing process and we have decided to highlight them in this blog. When it comes to pool heaters, they are the most popular option among homeowners when it comes to heating your pool. They typically use natural gas or propane that heats the water that returns to the pool. The upfront cost is normally less but they will require the cost of propane or natural gas, which varies depending on where you live so you will want to keep that in mind because it can get costly on a monthly basis.

Pool/Spa Heater Pros and Cons


  • Lower upfront cost
  • It heats the water the quickest
  • Can work in any water temperature
  • Can be used all year round depending on your ideal water temperature


  • Higher run cost due to its needs

On the other hand, pool heat pumps, deliver maximum energy efficiency and reliability. Heat pumps absorb free heat from the air and transfer it to the water, making the heating process ecological and cost-effective. Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular with pool owners. This process doesn’t require natural gas or propane which lowers run cost drastically because you don’t need to pay for it monthly.

Pool/Spa Heat Pump Pros and Cons


  • Lower run cost
  • Energy efficient


  • Higher upfront cost

Another option that gets discussed is solar-powered pool covers which is also a good option but you must utilize them before it starts getting too cold as they will extend your swim season. Basically what this means is you can’t purchase one while your water is already cold and the air temperature is cold because it won’t work. The key here is they can extend swim season by trapping heat in the water but you need the warmth before it goes away.

All of these options can help extend your swim season but it is ultimately up to you to look at costs associated with each. Weber Pools is familiar with them all and would love to discuss options for keeping your pool water warmer with you. Please contact us today to learn more!