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Tired of swimming in a cold pool? Is you spa not quite "hot’ enough? Thinking about investing in a new electric heat pump pool heater?
Here are some questions to ask when shopping for a new heat pump.
– How many BTUs will you need?
– Do you have the electric service required for a heat pump?
– Do you have the space to install a heat pump?
– What type of features do I need?
– Plastic or metal cabinet?
– Titanium heat exchanger?
– Digital controls or analog?
Let’s try to answer the questions above thus allowing for an educated purchase.
– How many BTUs will you need? – The size of your pool (amount of gallons and surface area square footage will dictate the BTUs required to heat the pool or spa in the most efficient manner. Also take into consideration the amount of strong wind which will effect your pool and whether or not you will be using a pool blanket to help hold the heat into the pool. Check the manufactures recommended sizing chart to help determine the correct size and model for your application.
– Do you have the electric service required for a heat pump? – Most heat pumps required 220Volts of electric and many require separate 50 to 60 amp breakers. Check with your local electrician to make sure you have sufficient electrical power to operate your new heat pump.
– Do you have the space to install a heat pump? – Most heat pumps will require a "footprint" area of about 40" x 40" and about 40" in height. Heat pumps need good air circulating space area around the units to allow for peak operation.
– What type of features do I need? Today’s heat pumps are manufactured with many different features, some are, Dual thermostats (great for a pool and spa combination), Scroll compressors, Extra quiet fan motors, Extended warranties, Built in water bypass valves, Ability to operate motorized valve actuators, Easy to see readouts with diagnostic trouble shooting messages, and many more. Check the manufactures literature to make sure you are choosing the heat pump with the features best suited for your application.
– Plastic or metal cabinet? Is you pool located in a location which would be better suited for a plastic cabinet?
– Titanium heat exchanger? The heat exchanger is the piece of equipment located inside the heater which the pool water flows through. Titanium is a much more forgiving material in that it allows for a greater tolerance of water chemistry problems. Other types of heat exchanger material is much more susceptible to problems with poor water chemistry. Please note: Proper water chemistry is a must when using any type of pool heater.
– Digital controls or analog? The controls on the heater can be digital electronic or analog. Once again it is best to consult the manufactures literature to gather which would be best for your application.
A swimming pool or spa heat pump is a large investment and should be researched carefully. Purchase the correct unit and you can expect many years of warm enjoyable water to swim and relax in.
Glen Symes is the owner of Titanium Heatpumps and also Hi Temp Pool Heating. Glen has been involved in the swimming pool industry for over 30 years. Visit our web site http://www.titanium-heatpumps.co.za to learn more about all the items which have been mentioned to make your new or existing pool more exciting.
If you are lucky enough to own your own swimming pool you will understand the importance of your pool heating system.
Without a swimming pool heater your pool can remain too cold to use for most of the year. The water is simply too cold for comfort and nobody will want to go for a dip. Warm that water a little and your swimming pool is immediately popular. But choosing an economical and effective swimming pool heater can be quite a headache.
In recent years many pool owners have moved away from traditional pool heaters that use gas, oil or electricity and they’ve started to use efficient, effective and environmentally friendly heat-pumps.
Heat pumps work by transferring heat energy from a source (usually the ground, the air or water) to the swimming pool water. They are remarkably energy efficient and environmentally friendly as they consume much less energy than they produce as heat. For example, a typical swimming pool heat pump system will consume around 1kW of electrical energy to produce 5kW of heat energy. This may seem like magic, but you should remember that the system is deriving much of its heat energy from the air or ground.
One of the most important results for many swimming pool owners is the reduced fuel costs. While the initial outlay for a heat-pump based pool heating system may be more than an equivalent traditional system that uses oil, gas or electricity the running costs will be far less. This means that the heat pump is likely to pay for itself very quickly. The other benefits of heat pump use are your swimming pool will be usable for more of the year and your carbon footprint will be significantly reduced.
When purchasing a heat pump based system there are lots of things to consider. For example, the material used to make the heater element can influence the price of these units enormously (titanium lasts longer but costs more). If you are interested in finding out more it is recommended that you speak to a reputable swimming pool supplier who has experience with a range of swimming pool heat pump systems.