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Heat Pumps For Swimming Pools- An Efficient Way To Heat Your Pool

By Ryan McCall

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.

The now hotter agent passes through a condenser, which transfers the heat of the gas to the relatively cool pool water circulating through the other end of the heater, returning to the pool where it increases the overall warmth of the pool, even as the gas returns to liquid form and goes back to the evaporator for its next cycle.

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.

The biggest concern when installing swimming pool heat pumps is whether the jobs being done by a qualified professional – obviously any device involving gas and heat coils is not one you want poorly installed, especially if you have kids running around. Also, proper installation can optimize the functionality of the pump.

After this concern, you need to consider whether, regardless of the initial price of installation, you can afford to have a swimming pool heat pump running and eating up electricity. As efficiently as it may operate, if your kids are left unchecked running the heater they could well rack up phenomenal bills unless you establish some way to regiment the amount of power the device uses. Consider buying a pool pump timer to cut off power use at a particular number of kilowatt hours.

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McCall, Ryan "Heat Pumps For Swimming Pools- An Efficient Way To Heat Your Pool." Heat Pumps For Swimming Pools- An Efficient Way To Heat Your Pool. 2 Jun. 2009. 12 Nov 2014 <>.

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