Keeping your pool’s water at a comfortable temperature for swimming can prove to be a real challenge. In our first article in this series, we took a look at how adding a wind-blocking pool enclosure could help to reduce the need to use an electric or gas pool heater. There are several other options you could try in addition to putting up a windbreak. One alternative to running an expensive gas or electric heater would be to use a pool heat pump.
Pool Heat Pumps Warm Your Pool Water Using Warm Outside Air
Rather than requiring gas or extra electricity as their method of heating a pool, a heat pump uses warm air from the atmosphere surrounding your pool. This process is less expensive to use than gas heaters or electric heaters because it requires very little energy. It simply converts heat that already exists in the air and channels it into the water for warm, comfortable swimming.
You may be wondering if a sunny day is necessary for a pool heat pump to work. The good news is that it will work even on a cloudy day. As long as the outside temperature is relatively warm, these pumps can draw upon that warm air and use it to heat the pool.
Another advantage of a pool heat pump is that it works quickly. So if you notice that the water is a little chilly when you get in, you can turn the pump on and notice a difference within a short time.
You will have to pay a monthly electric bill to run your pool heat pump should you choose to get one, but depending on the amount of time you run the pump, you could see significant savings compared to a gas or electric pool heating element.
Supplement a Pool Heat Pump with a Solar Pool Heater
If you already own a pool heat pump but you want to add an extra heater to help out when your pool water feels chilly, consider using a combination of your pool heat pump and a solar pool heater. Both of these options are energy-efficient, and they use different, though complementary, methods to provide extra warmth to your pool water.
If you go with this solution, you’ll turn on the heat pump to get your pool water to an ideal temperature. Once your pool water has reached that temperature, you’ll use the solar pool heater to keep your pool water at the desired level of warmth. If you use the solar pool heater in conjunction with your pool heat pump, you shouldn’t need to turn on your heat pump as often. This smart fusion of two cost-effective methods could allow you to see some real savings when it comes to your monthly pool heating costs.
This dual system can help you get more swimming time in throughout the summer season. On days and evenings that are overcast, you could use the heat pump. If the sun is out, switch over to your solar heater. It’s really an ingenious way to save money and get the most use out of your pool.
Solar pool heaters aren’t the only pool heating option for those who want to use the sun’s light to warm up their pools. Read the rest of the articles in this series (see Part 3) to find out more about how you can channel the sun’s power to heat your pool effectively and inexpensively.
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