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When a solar pool heating system isn't right for your property or location, or when you're looking for a heating boost during the coldest months of the year, a swimming pool heat pump is an eco-friendly alternative. Electric heat pumps are very efficient, allowing you to heat your pool at a typically low cost of operation. In fact, an electric heat pump is 50 to 75 percent less expensive to operate than a gas pool heater!
A heat pump works in much the same way as your air conditioner or refrigerator. When it turns on, heat in the surrounding air is absorbed into the refrigerant gas circulating through the unit. This heat is then transferred by a heat exchange process to your water pool water which is also circulating through the unit. The result is pool water at exactly the temperature you require – 12 months of the year.
A swimming pool heat pump provides you with year-round swimming. With "set and forget" operation, a you can program the system to have your pool at a constant temperature every day of the year, regardless of the weather.* Yes, even in the winter months a heat pump will provide the temperature you want for whatever you want - exercise, family fun, medical rehabilitation or children’s swimming lessons.
*As weather conditions change from season to season, the operating time of the heat pump will vary.
Your swimming pool heat pump will typically be installed alongside your filtration system with connection to your swimming pool...an easy job for the installer. Not all pool heat pumps are the same, so be sure to ask about things like correct sizing, ratings, country of origin, estimated running costs, warranty, and backup service. Your trained Heliocol West consultant can advise on the correct size and model heat pump to best suit your needs, budget and pool size. An assessment of the approximate running costs of your heat pump can also be provided before you make your decision.
With proper installation and maintenance, heat pump pool heaters can last 10 years or more. Because your heat pump has many moving and electrical parts, you should have your pool heater tuned up each year by a technician. Specific maintenance instructions vary and you should refer to your model's owner's manual. Warranties will vary according to the manufacturer and should be provided along with your owner's manual.
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