Water Heaters for Above Ground Pools


In areas with winter and spring climates, water heaters can extend the use of the pool through months that would otherwise be too cold for a swim.

Above ground pools are appealing for their portability and ease of setup, but they can be much harder to keep warm. Here’s where water heaters come in. Learn more below. 

Options for Heating Above Ground Pools

Fortunately, there are many options for heating above ground pools. These options include:

  • Water heaters
  • Heat pumps
  • Solar blankets or rings
  • Liquid heat blankets

Of all the possible options, heaters are the most popular. They’re moderately priced and can be used long-term, as opposed to the cheaper liquid heat blankets that can only be used once. Heat pumps are more expensive to install, and so they aren’t usually a preferred option for a temporary, portable above ground pool. Solar blankets and rings work well in places with good sunlight, but are a little more cumbersome and have to be removed each time you want to use the pool.

Benefits of Water Heaters for Above Ground Pools

Pool heaters are permanently installed, which means they don’t need to be removed while the pool is in use. They’re extremely effective and can raise the pool water by as much as 30 degrees, extending the use of the pool for months.

Even in the summer months, the water in an above ground pool can be chilly for some swimmers. A water heater will maintain a more desirable swimming temperature year-round, allowing you to get more use out of your pool.

Although the initial cost of a pool water heater is more than some of the other heating options, their long life and ease of use make them widely popular. They do need to be installed by a professional, but once they are in you’ll love having a warm pool on demand.

Types of Heaters 

The biggest difference in pool heaters is their source of fuel. The most common pool heaters are powered by natural gas or propane. These are the best for heating quickly and maintaining an even temperature when left on, but they can be more expensive to operate. Electric heaters are also popular due to their cost-effective nature. In areas with good sunlight, solar panels can easily be used to power heaters. 

You can read more about the specific types of heaters available on the market and see the Pool Advisors’ reviews here

Quick Quality Plumbing Can Help

Wondering what type of water heater would be best for your above ground pool? Quick Quality Plumbing can help! Our team has years of experience installing a variety of water heaters, including solar, gas, propane, and electric heaters. We can come take a look at your setup and make a recommendation for the best kind of heater for your situation so you can enjoy your pool even when it’s cold outside. We’re located in Orem, Utah, and serve all of Utah County.  Call us today!

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