We are sure that you have heard us say it before but when you are looking for a heating option for your pool, the heat pump option is always the best of the best! But, what makes this option the best? What reason do we have for making those claims? It’s surely a bold claim to make, saying that the heat pump is the best option for pool heating. So, we have put together our top 5 benefits that support our claim that the heat pump is the best way to heat your pool!
1) Energy Efficiency
Known as one of the most energy-efficient pool heating options available, the heat pump is an “energy sipper” in comparison to other options. Unlike other options that are available the heat pump generates heat from the ambient air. Electric heaters will use resistors and gas heaters burn fuel. The heat pump harvests the heat from the air around it. This is not saying that the heat pump uses NO electricity, as it needs to use a tiny bit to power the fan and compressor that pulls in the hot air, convert it into heat energy and transfers it into the water. However, this is a tiny amount of energy used in comparison as the other methods require the generation of heat via electrical or fuel burning. The pool heat pump has an impressive Coefficient of Performance (COP) of 6.0. What this means is that for every unit of energy the pool heat pump consumes, it will produce 6 units in return. When you consider that both the gas heater or electric resistance heater has a COP no higher than 1.0 you will see how much more efficient the heat pump is right away. This makes the pool heat pump insanely energy efficient to run!
2) Cost Effectiveness
We covered the energy efficiency above and we need to remind you to keep this in mind as we explain this portion of the equation. Let’s start from the initial cost of a heat pump unit. Let’s say a reasonably appointed unit for your pool will cost you $2,000-$4,000 to purchase. You may start to balk at the price because you know that you can purchase a gas or electric unit cheaper. And you would be correct. However, you are only looking a the small picture. Now we bring the cost of operation for the long term.
Yes, your heat pump costs a bit more up front, however, when you have it installed and running on those cool days, you will come to appreciate how little energy it uses. You will not continue to pay for this unit hand over fist in energy consumption as you would with a gas or electric unit. And with the price of energy taking a jump higher this winter, you will be even more thankful for this tiny amount that the heat pump consumes.
Let’s do a little comparison, shall we? In an average sized backyard swimming pool, the monthly cost of running a gas heater can range from $300-$500. If that cost gave you pause, then the cost of running an electric resistance heater can rocket to $500-$600 per month. Now, compare that to the $50-$150 (at peak running times) per month that the heat pump would cost. So it is easy to see that a warm pool without breaking the bank every month is attainable with a heat pump pool heater.
When you utilize a gas heater you are relying on combustion of the fuel. In order for them to produce heat, they have to continually burn gas. This is a process that comes with some environmental consequences in the form of CO2 emissions that destroy our ozone layer.
Now, look at the pool heat pump. They do not burn anything and pull minimal electricity to harvest the ambient air. Your new pool heat pump will produce zero CO2 emissions, therefore is helping to preserve the environment. Now that is a pool that you can feel good about owning!
When you make an investment in your pool you want your investment to last. This is what you can expect in a pool heat pump. These are the longest-lasting pool heat solution out there!
Let’s look at the competition first. The gas pool heater is not known for its years of service. You can get 5-10 years out of your gas pool heater at max! The same can be said for the electric resistance heaters. And then the repair bills for them start rolling in!
The pool heat pump is built with longevity in mind! At minimum, your pool heat pump will last 10-20 years. And this life will only be lengthened with proper maintenance and service. With a pool heat pump, your investment is given double the lifespan with the benefit of being eco-friendly, energy savings and savings on the energy bill while it is running.
5) Repair and Assistance
In the extremely rare instance that you need heat pump repair, help is abundantly available. It is easy for us to solve the problem with a few quick questions and simple inspection and your pool heat pump will be back running like new! The bottom line is that if you are willing to do what it takes to maintain it, you will get many many years of enjoyment from it.
As you can see these benefits pack a serious punch! We absolutely love pool heat pumps and have had many, many customers so glad that they made the investment as well! Even better than these benefits is the amazing cool climate pool heat pump that we have exclusive access to! If you want to read more about this amazing product, be sure to click here! If you are ready to start talking to us about how you can extend your swim season with a pool heat pump, contact us today!