Swimming Pool Heat Pump How does it Work?
Wouldn't it be great if you could open the pool early in the spring or keep it open later in the fall? Or even winter? When it's cool outside, there's nothing better than a swim in a nice, warm pool. Here's how these units work and how they differ from traditional pool heating.
Get a pool heat pump and you can get this experience without adding to your utility bills.
Difference Between Pool Heaters and Heat Pumps
Pool heaters use electricity, natural gas or propane gas to heat the water in the pool.
A heat pump works by transferring heat. Even in winter, the air around us contains a certain amount of heat. The unit absorbs heat from the air and uses a heat exchanger to heat the water as it flows through the heat pump and returns the heated water to the pool.
Because heat pumps use fewer resources to generate heat, they are a more energy-efficient way to heat your swimming pool.
How to choose a pool heat pump
Not all heat pumps are created equal. For optimum efficiency, it is important to choose the right one. Here are the things to consider when buying a pool heat pump.
1. Check the COP level
COP stands for "Coefficient of Performance". It measures the efficiency of heat transfer compared to a standard form of heating called resistance heating. The higher the COP rating, the more energy efficient the heat pump and the lower the operating costs.
2. Don’t be driven only by price
Beware of cheap heat pumps. To put lower price tags on their products, manufacturers must sacrifice quality, functionality and/or efficiency.
As a general rule, cheaper heat pumps are less likely to use inverter technology. As a result, they are less efficient and therefore cost you more money to run. An inverter with a variable speed compressor will automatically adjust the output of the heat pump based on the temperature of the water, so it stays consistent at the temperature you set.
3. Free electricity for your heat pump
When used with solar panels, a heat pump is very cheap to run because it uses free energy from the sun during the day. Heat pumps are compact and ideal for those with limited roof or floor space, or if you have a reasonably sized (5kW minimum) solar system.
4. Buy the right size heat pump
Heat pumps vary in size. Make sure to install the correct size heat pump to match the size of your swimming pool. A heat pump that is too small may not adequately heat a large swimming pool.
Tip! Pool covers/blankets are a must to keep the heat in at night and in cold weather. Otherwise, it's a bit like expecting your tub to stay warm overnight.
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