A pool heater will run on either natural gas or propane. If you want something to quickly raise the temperature of your pool water for a weekend party, then a heater is for you. On the other hand, if you would like to maintain a higher temperature in your pool over a long period, then a heat pump will be more economical in the long run.
Initially, a heater costs less than a heat pump to purchase and install. The gas to operate a heater, however, can be quite costly. If you have natural gas available, that may make it less expensive than propane. If you need propane, and you only use propane for the pool heater, then you will likely pay a higher rate for your propane than you would if you also used propane for your kitchen appliances or home heating.
While a heat pump costs more than a heater to purchase, it runs on electricity and will run more cheaply than a gas heater. It is not as good at raising the temperature quickly, and if you want to heat your pool when it is cool outside, the heat pump won’t produce as much heat. Heat pumps don’t work very well at all if the ambient temperature is 50 degrees or less. Factors affecting the heat pump’s BTU output include the ambient temperature, relative humidity and barometric pressure. A gas heater will produce heat regardless of the air conditions.
No pilot light equals no hassle! Hayward has developed an induced draft heater for aboveground pools and spas that combines state-of-the-art technology with ease of operation and superior performance. Featuring an electronic, direct spark ignition system and an energy-efficient FireTile® lined combustion chamber, the Hayward heater provides 100,000 BTU input, while delivering 81% thermal efficiency and quick heating.
The MiniMax® 100 is a compact, lightweight and efficient gas fired high performance heater for aboveground pools, spas or small inground pools. It can be connected to schedule 40 CPVC or ABS pipe and has a built-in top. Reliable direct-spark ignition (DSI) system is available in propane or natural gas versions.
heater has an industry-leading thermal efficiency and complies with all current California air quality emission standards. The low NOx emission makes it a perfect choice for the environmentally concerned pool owner.
Its hydraulic performance also saves energy by reducing the circulation time of the pump and it can raise the temperature of an 800 gallon pool 30 degrees in less than an hour.
Other advances include stainless steel burners, corrosion-resistant heat exchangers and insulated Fire Tile combustion chambers. This traps the heat unlike other forms of insulation delivering the highest degree of performance from every BTU. Equipped with an LED control panel, it monitors heater performance for added convenience and maximum comfort with minimum effort. The ignition system delivers dependable lighting and reliable operations with just a touch of a button. The forced draft system constantly moves air through the combustion chamber to eliminate all outside weather variables affecting heating performance, such as wind conditions, eliminating the need to install a high-wind stack.
MasterTemp® offers all the efficiency, convenience and reliability features you want in a pool heater, plus a lot more. As easy to use as your home heating system, plus, user-friendly indicator lights make system operation and monitoring a snap. The compact design and super quiet operation won’t intrude on your poolside leisure time. Heavy-duty (HD) unit with cupro-nickel exchanger stands up to the harshest of applications, like low pH, high flow or heavy use.