Gas Pool Heater: Swimming Pool Heaters 101

Unless you live in a very warm climate, heating your swimming pool at certain times of the year is necessary to keep swimmers comfortable and maximize enjoyment. Over the next few weeks we will be featuring a mini-blog series discussing all the different types of swimming pool heaters. This week we will take a look at a gas pool heater.

The category of “Gas” swimming pool heaters includes both natural gas swimming pool heaters and propane swimming pool heaters.  While there are differences between the two types of heaters depending on which fuel option you choose, gas or propane, both types of gas pool heater are effective and effiecent way to heat your swimming pool water to a desirable tempature.<!–more–>

Propane vs. Natural Gas

As their name implies these heaters run off of natural gas or propane, a natural gas pool heater needs a natural gas line for its source of fuel, while a propane pool heater draws fuel from a propane tank.  Up front  the cost for a gas pool heater can normally range from about $ 1000-$ 5000, depending on the size, type, and unit needed. Monthly costs for running them will depend on usage and current fuel prices for either the natural gas or propane.


Gas pool heaters can be more costly to install up front than an electric swimming pool heater but as natural gas is normally a less expensive utility than electricity it may be less expensive and efficient to operate over an extended time period. When making the decision between gas and electric it may be wise to review utility costs in your area. Gas heaters are often considered ideal for large swimming pools because they can heat a larger volume of water in a shorter period of time than the other styles of swimming pool heaters.


Here at Sunplay we carry a large variety of propane and natural gas swimming pool heaters from household names Pentair, Jandy, and Hayward. When determining what heater to purchase you will want to consult with your swimming pool technician on the BTU needed for your size of pool, and what features are important to you. All of our swimming pool heaters are covered by the full manufacturer’s warranty, so you can purchase it, let your swimming pool technician do the work of installing it, and then you get to sit back, relax, and enjoy your extended swimming season with your nice warm swimming pool water!

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