Swimming Pool Heat Pumps - A Great Way to Heat Your Pool
Without question, there are few pools youre likely to find to be at a good swimming temperature year-round. While a chilly dip can be fun once in a while, its still preferable to be able to warm up your pool at will. Kids love a warm pool - most of them will never want to leave. Youll find that, with the addition of a swimming pool heat pump to your pool, you will not only be increasing the value of your home, but making space for a lot of family fun and memories.
There are a number of ways to heat a pool, including the use of swimming pool heat pumps, gas or solar panels. Swimming pool heat pumps dont generate heat. Instead they use electricity to capture heat and move it from one location to another. As the swimming pools water is circulated by the pump, it is passed through a filter into which a heat pump is incorporated. The heat pumps fan draws outside air in, directing it over an evaporator coil containing a liquid refrigerant agent. This agent absorbs the air, becoming a warm gas that then passes through a compressor, becoming hotter as its particles are pushed more closely together.
Passing then through a condenser, which transfers the gass heat to the cooler water coming from the other end of the heater device, the gas returns to liquid, and goes back to the evaporator to repeat the cycle. The water returns to the pool, dispersing through it and adding to the pools overall warmth.
What this means is that swimming pool heat pumps work better than other kinds of inground heaters for pools, like the kinds that require solar panels. This is because, while they might initially cost a bit more than other heating solutions, their cost is less when seen in the long term because they are less effected by things like weather changes and the absence of sunlight. Theyre also likely to last a lot longer than such solutions, as theyve been refined in their design over many years, while most other in ground pool heaters are in their technological infancy.
Of course, the way that Ive described heat pumps for swimming pools above is a gross oversimplification designed to illustrate the details of the process for the layperson. The real-life complexity of a swimming pool heat pump means that you really dont want anyone but a fully qualified pool professional (yes, believe me, there are such things) working with them. Think about it - any device reliant on hot gas is simply not going to be safely adjusted by amateur hands. Ask your family and friends if theyve needed to hire such a person in the past, and if theres anyone that they can recommend. Proper installation will optimize the functionality of the heat pump, and ultimately save you a good sum of money on your electric bills.
Even then, the prospect of a swimming pool heat pump running for hours a day is one that most people would find a little financially intimidating. You need to establish, prior to any installation, whether youre earning enough to pay the deficit your kids might create running the pump unchecked - the bills could start stacking up pretty quickly. One thing you may want to do is take a look at pump timers, that will switch the pump off if it runs for too long.
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