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Use A Heat Pump To Warm Your Pool Water

As a pool owner, you already know that sometimes the seasons can be shorter than expected, or want. With that in mind, perhaps you are considering the installation of a heat pump for your swimming pool. A heat pump is an eco-friendly, energy-efficient heating option for those cooler evenings.

One of the main advantages of purchasing a heat pump for your pool is that it allows you to extend your swimming pool season, and to enjoy your pool even in the winter months. This is especially helpful in our area, as even the evenings during the summer can be unseasonably cool.

Using a heat pump can help extend the time you and your family can spend in the swimming pool because it will keep the water at temperatures conducive to swimming and fun. The pool contractors at Hawaiian Pool install Pentair heaters and heat pumps for customers who want to keep the water more temperate. While the entire family may not be able to agree what the “perfect” temperature is, they will agree they don’t want to swim in water that is so cold it makes their teeth chatter.

If you’re considering a piece of equipment to heat the water, a heat pump may be an ideal option. A heat pump is more of a “heat mover” as it doesn’t generate heat; instead it moves the water from one location to another – after it’s been heated.

A heat pump is more energy efficient than other models including propane, natural gas or electric. As compared to any of these three models, a heat pump can save anywhere between 50 and 75 percent in utility costs for its operation. A heat pump is also safer and more reliable than many other models.

As an Ohio swimming pool contractor, we use Pentair equipment for many of your pool needs. They provide you with state-of-the- art systems to meet all of your pool needs.

Pentair’s UltraTemp® High Performance Heat Pump is the industry’s first heat pump charged with non-ozone depleting refrigerant, R410A.  This system offers an AutoSet (time clock over-ride) feature that monitors water temperature and turns the water circulation pump on and off as needed to maintain desired pool temperatures. It is also designed with an automatic defrost feature that senses refrigerant temperature and prevents UltraTemp from freezing, allowing the heat pump to operate at even lower temperatures. It is also compatible with all automated control packages.

We also take into consideration the shape of your swimming pool when choosing the right heat pump. If you have a swimming pool with an odd shape or one that has many curves, you may need to look into a heat pump with more power than the amount of water in the pool might typically call for, whereas a square swimming pool will likely need a smaller pump to do the job.

Depending on which heat pump you choose to have installed, make sure you check with our professionals at Hawaiian Pools for the specifications on how cold is too cold for your desired model.

When you’re talking with one of our trained associates about installing a heat pump, here is the equipment he will suggest as part of the installation:

  • Thermostat to control how warm the water is allowed to get to
  • The air handler that will circulate the air throughout the heat pump
  • The unit itself that is the heart of the system of pulling in the warm air and pushing it into the pool water
  • An air cleaner filtration system that will filter out dirt, debris and other impurities from the air

Once the heat pump has been installed it will require minimal upkeep and maintenance that we will supply as part of the maintenance contract you sign.

Maintenance includes:

  • Cleaning off the fan blades in the heat pump with a moist towel
  • Inspect for loose wires or hoses
  • Check, clean and replace the filters in the heat pump

Beyond a heat pump, there are other ways to keep your pool warm for those cooler days, a solar cover is a good option, as is a solar heater.

With so many options for extending the swimming pool season, now is a great time to give us a call and get your project started.

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