Start Swimming Season Early

Enjoy summer fun early with Propane Pool Heaters


In Virginia, our unpredictable summer weather means pool owners frequently require additional heating to keep their water at a comfortable temperature. For most residential applications, propane pool heaters offer the best combination of value and convenience.


Extend Swimming Season

Here in Central Virginia, you can extend swimming season through the fall with warmed water fueled by propane.

Energy Efficient

Propane pool heaters are the most efficient when heating pools compared to tother methods. They are ideal for quick heating.

Easy to Install & Maintain

Once installed, propane pool heaters take little to no maintenance to upkeep, especially compared to other methods.

Reliable & Durable

Your propane pool heater will last you for years to come!


Propane is a clean-burning fuel. It emits low levels of carbon dioxide and is listed as a clean air source by the 1990 Clean Air Act.

More Family Time

With warmer water, you can extend family time, swimming into the evening and the fall season.


Propane pool heaters burn the fuel within a combustion chamber. Your pool water runs through copper coils that is warmed by propane. It then funnels back out and returns to the pool warm. The great thing about propane pool heaters is the heater operates independently from the outdoor temperature. This means, no matter how cool the air is, the water will always be warm when it flows back into the pool.


The first thing to consider when choosing a swimming pool heater is the heater’s energy source. The three most common methods for heating a home swimming pool are gas, solar, and geothermal.

Gas-fired heaters are the most common—they offer fast, reliable heat on demand, are inexpensive to operate, and are easy to maintain. Solar heaters offer the benefit of being free to run, though they are expensive to install and require sufficient direct sunlight to operate. Many homeowners who use solar power choose to install a backup propane pool heater for days when sunlight alone isn’t enough.

In recent years, more homes have been adopting geothermal heat pumping technology to offset the costs of running their HVAC appliances. Heat pumps can also be used to keep your pool’s water warm. However, the technology has not gained widespread popularity as they are not effective in colder areas, where power from the grid is still necessary to operate heat pumps.

The second consideration when shopping for a swimming pool propane tank heater is the amount of power you’ll need. Pool heater output is measured in BTUs. The larger the pool and the warmer you like to keep your water, the more powerful a heater you’ll need.


For most purposes, a propane pool heater offers the best compromise between energy efficiency and effective operation. Propane is a clean-burning fuel source that is economical and domestically produced, making it a good choice for anyone concerned about energy independence. Propane heaters don’t rely on the weather or on the availability of power from the grid, meaning you can keep the pool party going all summer long, even during outages.

Fueling Your Pool With Propane from Foster Fuels

For assistance calculating your BTU requirements, contact a Foster Fuels representative today. One of our knowledgeable salespeople will be happy to help you assess your needs with on-site support. Foster Fuels can also provide fuel delivery year-round to ensure you have enough propane on hand at all times.