During the course of selling swimming pools, our customers tend to ask about the differences between a heat pump and a traditional pool heater (liquid propane or natural gas). Mild weather with daytime temperatures in the 70’s and 50’s at night is perfect for the use of a heat pump. With these temperatures it ensures that there is enough warm air and more importantly humidity in the air to maintain a steady swimming pool temperature. Using a heat pump in this case saves you money in the long run as you are only using it to operate and maintain versus the traditional heater being more of what we would call “on-demand” heat. This type of heating is more expensive overall but you can get your pool to a higher desired temperature within a much faster period of time.
Heat pumps really show their value in conditions with fluctuating temperatures. Thy are the long-distance runners of pool heating and during periods of time where it may be 70 degrees one week then 90 degrees the next, they help to bring normalcy to pool temperatures over an extended period. Heat pumps work to maintain a consistent temperature and are powered with electricity but are traditionally far less expensive than gas heating.
In a nutshell a heat pump uses the ambient air around the unit to heat your swimming pool. This air which is already heated from the sun, flows over something called an evaporator coil and uses heated refrigerant to heat the water before it returns back into the pool. Heat pumps are becoming increasingly more popular as pool owners recognize the cost savings and the value a heat pump brings to maintaining a desired water temperature.
At E-Z Test Pool Supplies, our heat pump brand of choice is AquaCal. Click the button below to see the different heating units available. Also, be sure to check out our videos as well as our additional blogs on swimming pool heat pumps.
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