Hot summer days are perfect for swimming in a pool’s cold water, but what about the not so hot days when you want your pool water a bit warmer? Pool heating pumps are the most effective way to heat your pool, and here you can read all you need to know before buying one for yourself.
How Do Heating Pumps Work
Heating pumps heat pool water using the natural heat from outside as well as electricity. The pump has an outer evaporator air coil that draws in hot air. This air is absorbed by a liquid refrigerant and becomes a gas.
These gas pool heaters then passes through a compressor that heats it even more before being transferred to a condenser. The condenser is where the pool water is being pulled through via a filter; here the hot gas heats the water. The now heated water is pushed back into the pool while the used gas turns back to liquid and returns to the evaporator ready to be used again. A pool heating pump will work in any weather above 45 – 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that even during the cooler fall, spring and even winter weather you can have a warm pool to enjoy. How to Determine Which Pump You Need Different types of pool heaters are usually determined by the amount of water they will be taking in on a daily basis. However, there are other factors to consider as well:
- The surface area of the pool in question
- Temperature of pool water
- Whether it is an indoor or outdoor pool
- How much wind will it be exposed to
- The humidity level in your area
- The coldest temperature it reaches at night while the pump is running
These questions should be answered with the time of year you will be using your pump in mind. If you aren’t planning on running it during the winter, don’t give answers based off of winter’s temperatures, etc. Once you have figured out exactly when and where your heating pump will be used, picking one shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
How Much Do They Cost
Pricing out how much a heating pump will cost you is determined by how hot or cold your area is when you plan on using the pump. Pumps use between 3 – 7 units of energy to heat a pool per month. Units are priced differently depending on your energy provider. Whether or not you have / use a pool cover will also make a difference in monthly price. A cover helps to hold heat in when the pool isn’t in use. This gives the pump less work to do therefore charging you less in energy. Installation fees are determined by the company you purchase your heating pump from. Only have a professional install your pumps. Not doing so may cost you more in the future. Most companies will offer a free consultation where they send someone to inspect the pool.
These people will also recommend a type of pump as well as give you an estimate on how much the initial installation will cost. Be sure to keep up on maintenance to ensure everything is working properly. All professional heating pumps will come with an owner’s manual telling you when the correct time for a checkup is and what to watch out for to ensure your pool’s heating pump is working correctly.