Heater for a Vinyl Pool

by Laura
(Fairfield, CA)

What kind of heater would be best? ELECTRIC, GAS OR PROPANE? And what brand name do you think is the best?



Hi Laura. The best way to heat your above ground pool is going to depend on what is most available to you locally and at what price. I prefer electric ones myself simply because we do not use gas in our home. It's easier for me to run an electric wire one time than it is to keep a propane container full on a regular basis. Natural gas, or propane, are probably much more cost efficient than electric but that again depends on your source and the going prices.

This page talks more about above ground pool heaters and recommends a couple.

Pool Heaters

If you need to swim year round this is probably the way to go. For extending the use of your pool by a few months a year you may be just fine with some solar panels and a solar cover. The pages below will give you more ideas for heating an above ground pool.

Heating an Above Ground Pool

Swimming Pool Solar Panels

Solar Pool Cover



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Heating a Soft Sided Pool

I am just wondering if there is a heater you can get for the round soft sided pools or if there is a way to heat them. Ours is either a 10' or 12' round pool. I was also wondering if a waterbed heater may work.

Photobrat



Hi. Thanks for the good question. A water bed heater would not be big enough to do the job. The best option is one of the solar panels for above ground pools. They would easily adapt to your existing filter hoses and heat the water up considerably.

The other option would be an electric spa heater. This type of heater is more expensive and would require additional plumbing but it would keep you swimming year round.

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