One could argue that Florida’s weather is it’s best asset… without the temperate climate, all of the other wonderful Florida features would be unusable or under-appreciated. Disney, The Gulf Coast, the Marshes… all need Florida’s beautiful weather to enjoy, right? Another perk of Florida’s temperate and year-long warm temperatures is the ability to enjoy outdoor swimming 12 months of the year. Some might argue that the winter months are too chilly for a dip, but those that have a pool heater will tell a different story!
Your pool is a large investment and labor of love; enjoying it 12 months of the year should be an option, an option that should be available to everyone! Investing in a Heat Pump Pool Heater will allow you and your family to enjoy all of the comforts of your outdoor pool area 365 days a year.
Let’s dive into some details! The following information has been provided by energy.gov, a helpful government website packed with information about all energy-using systems and products.
How Heat Pump Pool Heaters work:
Heat pumps use electricity to capture heat and move it from one place to another. They don’t generate heat.
As the pool pump circulates the swimming pool’s water, the water drawn from the pool passes through a filter and the heat pump heater. The heat pump heater has a fan that draws in the outside air and directs it over the evaporator coil. Liquid refrigerant within the evaporator coil absorbs the heat from the outside air and becomes a gas. The warm gas in the coil then passes through the compressor. The compressor increases the heat, creating a very hot gas that then passes through the condenser. The condenser transfers the heat from the hot gas to the cooler pool water circulating through the heater. The heated water then returns to the pool. The hot gas, as it flows through the condenser coil, returns to liquid form and back to the evaporator, where the whole process begins again.
Selecting a Heat Pump Pool Heater
Heat pump pool heaters cost more than gas pool heaters, but they typically have much lower annual operating costs because of their higher efficiencies. With proper maintenance, heat pump pool heaters typically last longer than gas pool heaters. Therefore, you’ll save more money in the long run.
When selecting a heat pump pool heater, you should consider its:
Sizing a Heat Pump Pool Heater
You should have a trained pool professional perform a proper sizing analysis for your specific swimming pool to determine pool heater size.
Sizing a heat pump pool heater involves many factors. Basically, a heater is sized according to the surface area of the pool and the difference between the pool and the average air temperatures. Other factors also affect the heating load for outdoor pools, such as wind exposure, humidity levels, and cool night temperatures. Therefore, pools located in areas with higher average wind speeds at the pool surface, lower humidity, and cool nights will require a larger heater.
For more information about Heat Pump Pool Heaters, and the science behind their energy output and the choosing the correct size for your pool, visit: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/heat-pump-swimming-pool-heaters
If you are ready to make the jump, call Air Source Cooling and Heating, located in Brooksville, FL. 352-596-8710 will connect you with a Heating and Cooling expert who can further answer your questions about Heat Pump Pool Heaters. Schedule a service call to have a technician join you poolside to take a look at your equipment and diagnose any problems you might be having.