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Compare Pool Heaters to Find the Right One for You

The pool heating system you choose can make a significant difference to the running costs of your swimming pool, especially after the first year. The table below compares solar pool heaters and heat pumps to gas and oil heating, and demonstrates the huge difference in costs over a 5-year period.

Solar Pool HeaterElectric Heat PumpNatural Gas (or LP)Oil
Leading Brands of pool heatersHeliocolAquaCal,
Hayward, Raypak
Hayward, Pentair, Raypak, Sta-RiteThermo-Dynamics
Average Unit Cost including installation to the pool plumbing$6,000- $15,000$4,000- $7,500$2,500- $5,500$7,000- $10,000
Energy Source Connection Costs$0$1,500-$5,000$1,500-$7,000$1,500-$7,000
Total average Upfront Installation Costs$9,500$8,500$7,500$11,000
Annual Operating Costs*$0$1,300$3,500$3,500
10 Year Average Total Costs$8,500$25,000$45,500$51,000
Warranty12 Year Full Parts & Labor2 Years Labor,
5 Years for parts
1 Year Parts & Labor1 Year Parts & Labor
Average Life Span25-30 Years8-12 Years5-8 Years8-12 Years

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