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Benefits of installing a pool heat pump

Benefits of installing a pool heat pump


A swimming pool in your back garden is a wonderful lifestyle asset – and we all know the health benefits that come from regular swimming.  But most people use their pool only in the summer months. That’s because the cost of heating a pool using conventional gas or electric can be prohibitive.

Solar pool heaters are another option but of course their usefulness is limited to the warmer months of the year.

That’s why electric pool heat pumps are proving so popular.  When teamed with solar panels, they provide low-cost water heating throughout the year and are the cheapest way of heating your pool over a 12-month period.

How do electric pool heat pumps work?

Electric pool heat pumps extract ambient heat from the air, intensify it, then transfer that heat to the water that’s pumped into the unit from your pool.

Because electric pool pumps use heat that’s already in the air, they require a lot less energy than traditional pool heaters. A good pool heat pump will generate 5 to 10 times more heat than the amount of energy required to create that heat.

Another plus for electric pool heat pumps is that they don’t require sunlight to work.  The best pool heat pumps will operate effectively even when it’s zero degrees outside.  Something that a solar pool heater will never achieve!

Top benefits of an electric pool heat pump

  1. Cheapest way to heat your pool throughout the year

An electric pool heat pump, when connected to your solar panels system, is the cheapest way to heat your pool throughout the year.

Even without solar panels, electric pool heat pumps are around 50-80 percent more cost effective to run than propane or natural gas pumps.  And when compared with conventional electric pool heaters, the cost difference is even greater.

The biggest cost savings kick in when you connect your electric pool heat pump with your solar panels system.  With a smart timer controlling the flow of electricity from your solar PV system to your electric pool pump, you could be getting free pool heating for much of the year.

  1. Guaranteed temperature – all year around

Pool heat pumps don’t rely on sunshine to work; instead, they use the ambient heat in the air.  As this ambient heat is always present – even on cold winter days – your pool heat pump is guaranteed to get your swimming pool to the temperature you’d like no matter how cold it is outside.

Solar pool heaters, on the other hand, rely on the sunshine.  That’s why they are only effective during the warmer months of the year.

If you want to enjoy your pool all year around, an electric pool heat pump will give you lovely warm water 365 days a year, at a fraction of the cost of other alternatives.

  1. Better use of valuable roof space

Solar pool heating requires black tubes, called solar collectors, to be fixed to your roof.  These solar collectors have just one purpose – to heat the water in your pool.  That’s great for the six months of the year or so when the sun’s producing enough heat.  But for the rest of the time, the collectors are sitting idle not creating any benefit for you or your family.

A much better use of your valuable roof space is to cover it with solar panels.  That way, you get free solar power throughout the year which can be used by any electrical appliance in your home, as well as of course your electric pool heat pump!

  1. Have a bigger pool without a skyrocketing heating bill

The bigger the pool, the more it costs to heat it.  But if you heat it with an electric heat pump teamed with solar power, the incremental cost of heating more water is marginal.  That means stepping up to a bigger size swimming pool is a realistic option and one that won’t break the bank in terms of ongoing running costs.

  1. Environmentally friendly

Electric pool heat pumps are an environmentally friendly way to heat your pool.  When they run off solar electricity, the greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to next to nothing. Plus, the most common refrigerant used in the heating process – known as R410A – is non-toxic and ozone-friendly.  This means no nasty gaseous emissions near your pool, and the good feeling that comes from keeping your environmental impact to a minimum.

Advantages of electric pool heat pumps

  • Low running costs, due to their high efficiency (COP rating of approx. 10)
  • Uses ambient heat so works even on cold, cloudy days
  • Can be powered by a solar panel system, reducing costs still further
  • Can be installed on the ground, requiring little space
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Quick to heat – a well-sized electric pool heat pump should have your pool heated to your preferred temperature in 10 hours or less, even at the coldest times of the year
  • Environmentally friendly.

Get in touch for a quote

Find out what size electric pool pump will work best for your swimming pool, the costs and how much you stand to save compared with the alternatives.  Get in touch for a free quote and expert advice on all aspects of heating your pool with an electric pool heat pump.

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