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Is a Gas Pool Heater Cheaper than Electric?

Living in Australia means that the warm heat allows you to get a lot of use out of your pool. However, your pool might just be too cold in winter. If you want to make the most of your pool, adding a swimming pool heater is essential. However, deciding between a gas pool heater or electric heater may be difficult. Below are some key prices to consider when choosing between gas or electric pool heating.  

Gas Pool Heating

If your home is on a natural gas line you can install a gas heater for your pool. If not, you still utilise a gas heater, however it will have to be a propane. This will be an added cost as you will need to buy a propane tank.  

The average cost of a gas pool heater is between $3000 – $4000. To install the pool gas heater, it will cost you anywhere between $200 – $400 depending on the location of your pool. Gas pool heaters are cheaper compared to electric pool heaters to install however it costs more overtime to operate.  

Gas pool heating provides you with an on-demand heating solution. Unlike electric pool heating you can simply warm up your pool whenever you like. So, if your friends and family are coming around for a barbecue you can turn it on and then off once they leave.  

Electric Pool Heater  

Electric pool heat pumps are initially quite expensive to purchase. They vary depending on the size of your pool however a standard electric heater can cost you anywhere between $4500 – $6000. In addition, you will have to pay for it to be installed, which again depending on the size may cost you around $500.  

How Much does it Cost to Operate? 

Electric heat pumps are surprisingly very energy efficient and can produce more energy than they consume. Therefore, having relatively low running costs. Assuming you use your pool heater 7 months out of the year in southern QLD/northeastern NSW you are likely to spend $400-$600 per year. Presuming you are utilising a pool blanket. If you are not using a pool blanket the costs may double.  

Although electric pool heaters are not as fast to warm up your pool as gas heaters, they are still relatively fast. For a standard 32 m2, a pool heat pump will take 48-72 hours to raise the water temperature by 14°C. 

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