Q. Why should I be thinking of heating my pool with a heat pump?
A. A heat pump allows you to heat your pool or spa economically. Depending on energy costs, a heat pump can save you up to 80% over propane gas, 50% to 70% over natural gas, and over 600% against electrical resistance heaters found on most spas. This is the reason why thousands of customers choose a heat pump to heat their pool, rather than alternative types of heaters.
Q. How does a heat pump work?
A. A heat pump simply moves heat from the air and transfers it to the pool/spa water. A heat pump uses a refrigeration cycle exactly like your refrigerator or air conditioner uses. A proven safe, economical and very trouble-free system .
Q. How long will it take to heat my pool?
A. The initial start-up heating time will differ, depending on the size of the pool and the air temperature at the time that you are trying to heat your pool; other considerations affect the time also, but these are not as important. However, once your pool reaches the temperature you desire, the run time can be as little as only a few hours per day.
Q. What size heat pump do I need for my pool?
A. There are many factors that should be considered when sizing a heat pump for your swimming pool. These include:-
Pool location - country and town
Indoor or outdoor pool
Surrounding water table level
Windy exposed site or sheltered
Desired pool operating temperature
Required season to use the pool
Pool surface area or volume
Whether the pool is covered when not in use and at night
If the pool has a solar or thermal cover
Also bear in mind that your heat pump needs enough power to heat your pool from cold at the start of the season.
Please refer to our sizing calculation:
Q. What's COP? What does it stand for?
A. The coefficient of performance (COP) of a heat pump is a ratio of heating output to input power. Higher COP equates to lower operating cost. For example, when the input power is 1kw, and the output power is 6kw, we will say the COP for this heat pump is 6. The COP should be calculated at a certain air/water temperature & humidity. To compare the COP, you should compare it under the same condition.
Q. Is a heat pump difficult to install?
A. Not at all, the heat pump needs a solid concrete base or can be laid on paving slabs. The unit then needs an electrical supply and it is best to get a qualified electrician to install this.
The plumbing is straightforward and the pipes are glued together. The heat pump only needs a flow and a return pipe.
You should install 3-valves to create a "bypass".
The heat pump should be installed after the filter and as the last item before the water returns to the pool.
Q. What size pipe outlets are on the units?
A. Most units have 50mm pipe outlets. They are normally also supplied with 50mm to 1.5" adaptors as 1.5" is the most common size of pipe in Europe. Each heat pump listing states the pipe outlet size. We can supply adaptors to go to different pipe sizes if required.