How To Heat An Inflatable Pool (8 Affordable Methods to Try)

An inflatable pool is a budget-friendly alternative to in-ground pool installation in your home.

The inflatable pools can be easily inflated and installed by you without much work or help. But to heat an inflatable pool, you need to be crafty and aware of what you are dealing with.

Inflatable pools are available in different sizes and shapes; some pools are small which can be heated by placing in the sunlight.


The sun is the natural source of warmth, heats up the pool enough to a comfortable and cozy level. In the case of larger inflatable pools, warming the water naturally is not possible.

Weather changes are unpredictable, one day it can be sunny and warm while the next day it can be cloudy and breezy.

In this blog, various affordable options to heat your inflatable pool are discussed.

8 Affordable Methods To Heat Inflatable Pool

1. The Natural Source

Install a pool in a sunny place.

The most supreme and very least expensive pool warmer is your best friend, the sun.

Installing in a beaming sunny place that is flat will ensure full-day warming of the water through sunlight. Isn’t it amazing?

Give a thumbs up to your best buddy while enjoying your pool day.

2. Using Bin Liner Bags

Covering the pool with bin liner bags is one of the underrated methods but they are very effective in accomplishing what you expect.

Depending on the size of your pool, line up the bin liner bags and leave for 45 minutes to one hour.

By providing sufficient time, the bin bags help in absorbing the heat and so the water gets warm enough to get you into the pool.

The lined-up bin bags can be washed, dried, and reused normally.

3. Affordable Kitchen Sink Attachments

Yet another simple hack to warm your pool is buying an attachment for your kitchen sink that fits the garden hose.

In the unlikely event of you not wanting to buy an attachment, try “Balloon hack”. Sounds interesting? Cut the bulbous part of the balloon and attach the neck to the kitchen sink while the other end to the garden hose.

This will serve the same purpose as the store-bought attachment.

4. Plates For Pool Base

When you are about to place your inflatable pool on a flat surface in your garden, avoid placing your pool directly on the surface instead, use heat-insulating plates underneath to avoid absorption of coolness from the ground which ruins your whole plan so easily.

Adding plates while using will help maintain the heat in the pool all day long.

5. Solar Covers And Solar Rings

Solar covers are made up of UV-stabilized plastic which helps in trapping and retaining the heat from the sun.

The stronger the sun’s rays are, the more effectively it retains heat to warm the pool.

The cheapest solar cover type is bubble solar cover.

Cover the pool with a solar cover at night and when you are not using it. Solar rings are a passive pool heating device and an alternative to solar covers and solar reels.

Solar rings are different from solar reels. Solar reels are used to simplify the applying, removing, and reapplying of solar covers. Solar rings are round-shaped two sheets of heavyweight UV-resistant vinyl.

The base material of solar rings is the same as that of solar covers but is much easier to handle.

Some of the solar rings have a magnetic outer surface that aids in keeping the rings attached together to prevent overlapping. Remove the cover or rings once the desired temperature is reached and also check for algal blooms.

6. Using A Solar Heater

Use a solar heater for large inflatable pools to make your swimming fun and enjoyable.

Consider this inexpensive method to heat your pool properly.

Solar heaters are good at increasing the temperature by about 8 to 12 degrees.

7. Solar Heater Mat

A solar mat may also be a cost-effective way of heating your Intex pool. This product does not require any special equipment for use. To set up your pool, you just lay the mats in the area where your pool should be.

Solar Mats can raise the temperature of your pool by as much as 5-9°F depending on the local weather. They measure roughly four feet long and four feet wide.

Using multiple solar mats together is an option if you own a large inground Pool.

8. Get an Electric Pool Water Heater

We have the perfect option for you when it comes to pool water heating: electric pool heaters. Electric pool heaters are easy to use, reliable, and fast.

Since electric heat pumps use the ambient temperature to heat the water, they are more environmentally friendly than gas pool heaters.

In addition to being simpler to install than gas pool heaters, electric heaters do not require a gas line.

When you want to use your pool every day, electric heat pumps are more cost-effective than gas pool heaters, since they run for longer and cost less money.

The electric pool heater consumes less energy in the long run than the gas heater.

Electric heaters emit no CO2, making them eco-friendly, just like heat pumps and solar panels.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you heat a large inflatable pool?

  • Using an electric pool heater is the best way to heat a large inflatable pool.

How long does it take for an inflatable pool to warm up?

  • Depending on the size of your pool, this usually takes at least two hours.

Can you heat a soft-sided pool?

  • It’s fairly easy to use gas heaters to heat a soft-sided pool since they’re easy to operate.
  • You can heat your swimming pool with either electric or gas pool heaters.
  • Your pool’s size will strongly influence the BTU needed for heating.

Do black bags heat a pool?

  • The sun is drawn to the black bags and heats them up.
  • The sun heats the bags up which heats the water.

How do you heat an above-ground pool for the winter?

  • An electric or gas pool heater is one of the best ways to heat an above-ground pool in winter.
  • Such heaters maintain your swimming pool’s temperature efficiently during the winter.

Will a bucket heater heat a pool?

  • Even though it can’t be submerged underwater.
  • If you’re trying to heat a swimming pool, it isn’t recommended.

How do I fill my pool with hot tap water?

  • Using the balloon method you can fill your pool with hot tap water. (shown in the third method)

Can you put a heater on an above-ground pool?

  • For heating, an above-ground pool, solar-powered heaters, electric heat pumps, and gas heaters are all viable options.

Is solar pool heating worth it?

  • Investing in a solar pool heater will significantly reduce the cost of heating your pool.
  • Their operating costs are much lower than those of gas and heat pump pool heaters.
  • Pool heating with solar energy is often the most cost-effective way to use solar energy in many climates.

Our suggestion is to purchase a solar blanket or multiple solar mats to test it to see if it heats your pool well.

We recommend more powerful heating systems for those living in colder climates, either a gas pool heater or a solar pool heater if you are looking for a system that will quickly warm your pool and you don’t mind spending more on operating costs.

For those concerned about operating costs, we recommend you get a solar heating system or use a heat pump.

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