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Are Pool Heat Pumps Worth It? (3 Selection Criteria)


Maximizing pool utilization is something every pool owner wants to do after building an in-ground swimming pool. Today, by heating our swimming pools, we can extend the pool season by weeks, months, or all year round. It is all thanks to the growing advances in pool heating technology. A pool heat pump with an inverter control system can extend the pool season while saving energy, allowing you to enjoy the most comfortable pool heating experience at the lowest possible energy cost. How does an inverter pool heat pump manage to do this? It all starts with why we need an inverter pool heat pump.

Why Use an Inverter Heat Pump for Pool Heating?

Reason #1: You want to use your swimming pool all year round. In the past, pool heat pumps were more suitable for use in warmer climates because the higher the air temperature, the more efficient the heat pump would be. In contrast, using a pool heat pump in colder climates resulted in less efficient heating and a poorer user experience. Now, inverter technology allows pool heat pumps to keep running in cold weather without losing heating efficiency as temperatures drop. Even during the colder months, you can swim in warm pool water, making your pool utilization more efficient.

Reason #2: You want to reduce your carbon footprint significantly. The energy crisis has put a lot of emphasis on carbon emissions and energy savings globally. Inverter technology allows pool heat pumps to automatically adjust the speed of the motor, reducing energy consumption and extending the lifespan of the equipment. Switching from a gas pool heater to an inverter pool heat pump will reduce the carbon footprint associated with pool heating and provide better energy savings. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates heat pumps have the potential to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by at least 500 million tonnes in 2030. It is one of the most impactful ways to reduce your carbon footprint without requiring lifestyle changes.

What Factors To Determine Whether Inverter Pool Heat Pumps Are Worthwhile?

When considering whether an inverter pool heat pump is worthwhile, several factors help make the decision. These factors include energy efficiency, climate performance, and environmental friendliness.

Selection Criteria for Inverter Pool Heat Pumps #1:

High energy efficiency saves money in the long run.

One of the primary benefits of an inverter pool heat pump is its remarkable energy efficiency. The coefficient of performance (COP) measures the energy efficiency of a heat pump. A higher COP indicates greater efficiency. In the past, heat pumps typically have a COP between 3.0 and 7.0. But, with advances in pool heating technology, pool heat pumps equipped with inverter control systems can achieve COPs of 15 or higher. This high COP results in significant energy savings, making inverter pool heat pumps an efficient choice for maintaining comfortable pool temperatures.

On top of that, inverter pool heat pumps consume less electricity to heat the pool water compared to alternative heating methods, so using inverter pool heat pumps can enjoy lower energy bills. The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that the economic proposition of heat pumps has improved in today's context of skyrocketing energy prices: households in the United States can save up to USD 300 per year, and in Europe can save up to USD 900 per year. In the long run, inverter pool heat pumps produce a smaller carbon footprint and, if they operate efficiently, can reduce household bills. While the initial installation cost may be higher than other options, long-term energy bill savings make inverter pool heat pumps cost-effective.

Selection Criteria for Inverter Pool Heat Pumps #2:

Strong climate performance enables you to swim in all seasons.

All air source heat pumps in the past performed less well as temperatures dropped. It is because the space they can effectively heat shrinks, and they do not work as efficiently. But thanks to advanced inverter technology, air source heat pumps like inverter pool heat pumps can still work well under extreme cold weather, maintaining high heating efficiency to help heat the pool quickly. Some of the newer models on the market can reach their full potential in temperatures as low as minus degrees Celsius, providing sufficient heat to allow pool users to enjoy swimming in all seasons.

Selection Criteria for Inverter Pool Heat Pumps #3:

Superior eco-friendly performance boosts your contribution to a greener future.

Inverter pool heat pumps are an environmentally friendly pool heating solution. Pool heat pumps with inverters utilize the heat from the surrounding air, which minimizes the need for additional energy sources, such as natural gas, and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, making them a cleaner, greener pool heating option. As a result, this eco-friendly feature makes inverter pool heat pumps a responsible choice for pool owners concerned about their environmental impact.

An inverter pool heat pump that meets all three criteria will help you heat your pool most efficiently and affordably, such as the Fairland X20 Inverter Pool Heat Pump.

What Makes Fairland X20 The Cost-effective & Environmentally Friendly Choice for Pool Heating?

X20 Inverter Pool Heat Pump by Fairland is a new inverter pool heat pump that combines high energy efficiency, strong climate performance, and superior environmental friendliness. As the first Full-inverter pool heat pump manufacturer globally, Fairland never ceases to surpass the limits of inverter technology, and the X20 takes COP and energy efficiency to a new high level.

A COP of Up to 20 Makes You Save More on Energy Costs.

X20 Inverter Pool Heat Pump leverages the latest TurboSilence® 20, optimized based on Fairland TurboSilence® Full-inverter technology. It matches perfectly with the inverter compressors and features the extreme 3D titanium heat exchanging tech to maximize COP performance with the efficiency increased by 30%. An upgraded high-performance inverter compressor boosts the one-touch heating capacity of the X20 up to 120%, delivering an outstanding COP of up to 20. Fairland found that the X20 saves nearly 60% of the annual electricity bill compared to an on/off heat pump under the same conditions. For a 27.3m³ swimming pool in Paris, France (with an average local temperature of 13°C annually), to maintain the swimming pool at the ideal temperature of 28°C, the X20 would be set to operate from 7 am to 10 pm daily. In the long run, the X20 consumes approximately 4.6kWh daily, and the total annual electricity consumption would be 1,743kWh. Thus, the X20 Inverter Pool Heat Pump uses less energy, which can significantly reduce the energy bill over time.

*The cost is based on the following condition: A swimming pool of 27.3m³ in Paris, France, at an average annual temperature of 13°C, is heated daily from 7:00 to 22:00. Fairland X20-18 inverter pool heat pump consumes approximately 4.6kWh daily to maintain the desired pool temperature at 28℃.

Strong Climate Performance at -20°C Ensures Efficient Heating.

Additionally, the X20 Inverter Pool Heat Pump stays working even in cold weather at minus 20 degrees Celsius, intelligently adjusting its heating capacity to maintain the desired temperature more efficiently. At Piscina & Wellness Barcelona 2023, this new X20 Inverter Pool Heat Pump from Fairland also made it into the Innovative Product Awards for innovations in Sustainability and Connectivity, a testament to the industry's recognition of the high energy efficiency and strong climate performance offered by Fairland's novel product X20.

Interconnection with Clean Energy Delivers Greener iGarden Life.

Pool heat pumps equipped with inverters are a recognized and mature technology that is much more energy efficient and allows greater use of renewable energy sources (solar or wind), ambient energy (heat from outdoor air and surface), etc. Fairland recognizes that anything we do to heat our pools more efficiently and with cleaner energy sources will make our swimming pool and outdoor garden more sustainable. Therefore, Fairland added intelligence and automation features to outdoor appliances, allowing the X20 Inverter Pool Heat Pumps to intelligently interconnect with its InverX Solar Energy Storage system in the 100% Green iGarden solution. This combination of heat pump plus energy storage system is an efficient, sustainable, and increasingly affordable pool heating solution that will help transition to a cleaner, greener future for pool owners.

Final Words: Are Heat Pumps For Pools Cost Effective?

Yes, pool heat pumps with inverters are cost-effective because of three primary advantages - energy efficiency, cost savings, and environmental friendliness - that make it worthwhile for pool owners to invest in them. X20 Inverter Pool Heat Pump by Fairland is the best choice for cost-effective and environmentally friendly pool heating. Featuring the latest TurboSilence® 20, the X20 is up to 20x energy saving with high COP up to 20, operates at temperatures down to -20°C and extends the swimming season to year-round, intelligently interconnecting with InverX Solar Energy Storage System for a greener energy future.

At COP28, the UAE Consensus includes an unprecedented reference to transitioning away from all fossil fuels in energy systems in this critical decade to enable the world to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and set a new, specific target on tripling renewables and doubling energy efficiency by 2030. Switching from gas pool heaters to inverter pool heat pumps can help the world achieve energy independence and net-zero emissions. It is a small leap but a crucial one.

Yet, the COP20 of today's inverter pool heat pumps is far from the limit of the inverter. With Fairland's TurboSilence® Full-inverter technology, what will be the upper limit for pool heating efficiency? Well, let's hope for the next COP miracle.

If you are interested in the cost-effective and eco-friendly pool heating solutions provided by TurboSilence® Full-inverter pool heat pumps from Fairland, please send your email inquiries to

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