How to make your Swimming Pool Heat Pump more Efficient?
Pool heat pumps are one of the most energy efficient pool heating options available today. Pool heat pumps cost about 1/3 the cost of gas heating, allowing pool owners to extend pool seasons without breaking the bank. This is great if you need an inexpensive way to heat your pool.
If you own a pool heat pump, you already know how great it is to have affordable on-demand heating when you need it.
But what if we told you there was a way to make your pool heat pump 2x more energy efficient?
While heat pump maintenance is key to maintaining consistent performance, there are a few other tips to make your heater more effective. In this article, we show 7 ways to make your pool heat pump more energy efficient.
As you know, better energy efficiency means lower pool bills and a warmer pool. So let's get started!
1. Always keep evaporator coils and vents clean
It is normal for parts inside the heat pump to wear out over time; however, some parts will get dirty in the process. Dirty evaporator coils, for example, can significantly reduce the heat pump's ability to collect heat by almost half. Here are some essential times when you should clean your heat pump evaporator coil:
* At the beginning of each pool season
* After the flood
* After a major storm
When you keep your heat pump's evaporator coil clean, you can ensure that your pool heat pump can collect heat to work at optimum efficiency. Again, the vent is on the side of the heat pump, covering the evaporator coil, and should be kept clean to prevent reduced airflow. Check leaves and branches, and clean up any waste that has built up.
2. When the pool heater is off - leave your pump running at low speed
When the heater is off, the water is circulated by running the pump at a lower speed. Operating the pump at night (off-peak hours) is cheapest; it's a great strategy for pool owners who don't want to reheat their pool every morning in cold weather.
3. Get a solar cover to enhance your pool's insulation
Heating the water is not the problem with the swimming pool heating system, but maintaining the water temperature is. And you have to keep the pool heating functioning to maintain a stable water temperature. If you're like any other pool owner, you do this for at least 8 hours a day.
After the heater is turned off, your pool will go through the normal process of heat loss. When the water circulation stops, your pool expels heat from its surface. Windy storms and cooler weather conditions further accelerate this cooling process. If you don't care about bills and budget, this won't affect you. However, if you want to increase your pool's insulation and reduce the time you spend operating your heater, then you need to start using a solar cover.
When you use a solar cover, it not only improves the insulation of the pool, but also reduces water loss. With better insulation and proper water levels, you'll find that your heated pool heats up much faster.
4. Install an automatic timer to make your pool water heating cycle more precise
Whenever your pool reaches a preset temperature, an automatic timer turns on and activates your pump and heater. So when you're away, it helps keep your pool water warm and welcomes unplanned or impulsive swims.
5. Filters and baskets should be cleaned at least weekly
To ensure smooth circulation of your pool water:
* Clean the pump and separator basket at least once a week.
* Clear the filter of the pool at least every few weeks.
The better the heat distribution in the pool is when the water can pass through the system effortlessly.
6. Get the right size pool heat pump
It is imperative to purchase a properly sized pool heat pump that is sufficient to heat the pool area smoothly. For example, if you have a bigger swimming pool but a small heater, you will have to use it for longer, almost 2 times as long, instead of using a larger (i.e. right sized) heat pump based on your pool area .
7. Swimming pool solar heating with heat pump
Well, it might be weird to think that using two different types of pool heaters at the same time will save you money, but it does! Much depends on the type of heater you're using, though. You can save a lot on your energy bills if you use a solar pool heater and heat pump.
Because solar pool heating systems only require an operational filter pump to work, they are much less expensive to run than most heaters. However, they require continuous direct sunlight to function.
So here's what you can do: On sunny days, use a solar heating system and reserve the heat pump for cloudy and cold days - that way you can easily cut your heating bills in half.
Make your pool heat pump more energy efficient
The secret to making your pool heat pump more energy efficient is to improve your pool's ability to retain and generate heat. The more effectively you can lock in heat, the better your pool heater will work and the less you'll have to run it.
Are you satisfied with the efficiency of your pool heat pump? Please contact us for more help.