How to Save Money on Pool Heating?
Swimming in a warm pool is a wonderful experience, but even with a highly efficient system like an Electric Heat Pump, the cost of heating your pool can be a major bummer. The sensation of a warm swim from late spring or early summer through to October is one that many pool owners in the cooler states and provinces genuinely appreciate, but they also mention that it comes at a price. So, we often think about the question, “How can we reduce the cost of heating our swimming pool?”
The environment in every pool varies, so while the savings for each tip is generally valid, not every pool will benefit equally from them. However, the following suggestions will help you save energy and money on pool heating costs, and although some of them will help you save more than others, each one will still help you save a small percentage of energy overall.
INSTALL A POOL COVER
The pool’s surface accounts for 90% of heat loss! Therefore, install a pool cover to conserve water, electricity, and maintenance time. By forming a barrier between the water’s surface and the outside air, pool covers or pool blankets assist you in reducing evaporation by roughly 50%–70%.
However, utilising pool covers in conjunction with other methods of pool water heating, such as solar or pool heat pumps, can cause a temperature increase of 6 to 8 degrees, further assisting you in saving money on pool heating. A fantastic method to get the most out of your pool cover is to get one that precisely fits the pool and to get a roller that makes it easier to store and remove the blanket along with the pool blanket as well.
SWITCH TO SOLAR POOL HEATING SYSTEM
With solar pool heaters, you can significantly reduce the expense of heating swimming pools. They have relatively low annual operating costs and are cost-effective compared to gas and heat pump pool heaters.
Pool water is pumped through a network of tubes, or collectors, typically on the roof. Here, heat is collected, and the water is heated before being sent back into the pool. The collectors are often provided in the form of several tube strips or panels and can be made of EPDM rubber or PVC/TPR material.
The amount of heat absorbed and the final increase in pool water depends on the size or area of the collectors and the number of tubes or panels per square meter. As a result, our Thermotube Solar Pool heating system offers 45% more efficiency than conventional solar pool heaters thanks to its special 80-tube per square meter solar pool heating panels. Therefore, you can lower your pool heating costs by combining a solar pool heater and a heat pump.
LOWER THE HEATING TEMPERATURE WHEN NOT IN USE
A small step like turning down the heating temperature when you are not using your pool can do you a great favour when you get your bills. Run the pool heater according to how often it is issued, and turn it down when it is not used, it’s simple as that. Yet another way is to install a smart meter and switch to time-based pricing.
CHOOSE THE BEST TIME OF DAY FOR THE HEATING TO RUN
Costs associated with running heat pumps around noon can be reduced by using a timer. The time of day you run your heat pump is vital to consider on systems with an HPPH for 100% of their heating requirement because heat pumps derive their heat from the air. So, the optimal time to operate a heat pump is during the day when the air is warm.
Although a Heat Pump will only run when there is water flow, this is most easily accommodated by configuring the controls for your filtration system to operate at the warmest time of the day.
Your HPPH will run at its best Coefficient of Performance (COP) or efficiency, which is determined by dividing the energy intake by the amount of energy output during the warmest part of the day. The typical COP range for pool heat pump heaters is 3.0 to 7.0. Smart pool control systems are probably available; if not, we are confident they will be soon.
BLOCK THE WIND
Could you block the wind if you have prevailing winds across the pool? Installing a low, sturdy cedar or vinyl fence facing the wind could be one solution. Another choice is to grow tall bushes like arborvitaes around the pool area. Another solution is installing a pool dome or an automatic cover on your inground swimming pool.
POOL COLOUR AFFECTS THE AMOUNT OF SOLAR GAIN – SO CHOOSE COLOUR APPROPRIATELY
White remains cold, while black becomes heated. Ever notice how your car’s colour influences how warm it gets when parked in the summer under a scorching blue sky? The same is valid for swimming pools. Choosing the pool colour should be more than just a matter of taste if the location is in a region with a hot environment all year round.
If you live in Brisbane or Gold Coast and are serious about using a backyard pool for as much of the year as possible without spending a fortune on pool heating, you should not choose a darker-colored pool.
CONTROL THE HEAT
Nothing is worse than finding your pool heated up to 100 degrees because somebody cranked up the thermostat. Pool heaters do not heat faster when you crank the dial to the maximum, they keep going! I recommend that only one person be able to adjust the thermostat, especially in a home with teenagers! A minor adjustment of less than 1/8″ is all that is needed to turn up the heat a few degrees.
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