Winter doesn’t have to mean the end of the swimming season and a slowdown in business. There are various heating options available so you can still enjoy your pool and spa throughout the year. Cont…….
Today we will discuss Pool Heat Pumps
The electric pool heat pump is sometimes called a solar heat pump because of its unique ability to capture heat value from air temperature and turn this to water heating at high efficiency. In essence, these units are for those pool owners who want to swim most, if not all, of the year.
Pool heat pumps work like a reversed air conditioner. Instead of taking air from a room or building, removing the heat and returning it, a heat pump takes large quantities of air from the atmosphere and the heat contained in the air is removed and transferred to water from the pool or spa passing through the unit.
The characteristic of the pool heat pump of absorbing heat value from air means the unit has a low electrical input relative to its heat transfer. Pool Heat pumps output heat at a rate of around 5:1, relative to their energy input. This greatly reduces total energy consumption. This factor is called the pool heat pump’s co-efficient of performance or COP. The capture of solar energy from air means that the pool heat pump’s output and efficiency will vary with air temperature. Higher efficiency is gained in more temperate locations, but pool heat pumps are capable of maintaining pool temperatures year-round in nearly all areas of Australia.
Combined with their high energy-efficiency, pool heat pumps are ideal for connection to off-peak or time-of-use electricity pricing, as it is becoming more available through the introduction of digital or smart meters. Where off-peak or time-of-use electricity pricing options are available, heat pumps become the lowest-operating-cost system for extended season or year-round heating.