Pool heater installation is a great way for Tampa Bay residents to extend their swimming season long into the winter. Even though the temperatures don’t frequently drop below freezing in Florida, they can, and if you want to be able to enjoy your waters all year, you may be considering a heating element. Most people want to know how much it will cost to install, operate, and maintain heaters. Here is a rundown of different types and their approximate expense.
Propane Pool Heaters
Because they heat water so quickly, propane pool heaters are also popular. Propane burns about one gallon per hour per 100,000 BTUs an hour. The average propane heater is about 400,000 BTUs, and if propane costs about $5 per gallon (although this fluctuates frequently), one hour of propane use will cost about $18.00. Pool heater installation professionals can make sure your device is working at maximum efficiency.
Natural Gas Heaters
Natural gas heaters are common because of how quickly they can heat up the water. They rely on a gas line for energy and heat the water as it’s taken in, then returns it to the pool. Natural gas burns at a rate of about one therm per 100,000 BTUs an hour. The average heating unit for residential pools is about 400,000 BTUs, which equals around four therms per hour. With natural gas costing about $1.75 per therm in Tampa Bay, this method of heating your water for an hour will cost about $7.00. These rates vary depending on the price of natural gas and how long you run the heating implement, but you can expect fairly low operating costs.
An alternative pool heater installation option to gas and propane, heat pumps take in surrounding air around uses it to heat the water. This saves on energy costs and is generally considered more cost-effective (and environmentally-friendly) than gas or propane. However, unlike gas and propane, heat pumps are not very effective when the temperature drops below 50 degrees. Most heat pumps use around five kilowatts per 100,000 BTUs per hour. If electricity costs about $0.16 per kilowatt hour in Tampa Bay, one hour of using a heat pump will cost about $0.80.
Triangle Pool Pool Heater Installation and Service
At Triangle Pool in Tampa Bay, we offer professional pool heater installation, maintenance, and repair services for both residential and commercial clients. We work with some of the top brands like Rheem, Raypak, and Hawyard, and other less-common brands as well. Call us today at (727) 531-0473 or contact us online to schedule a service.