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How Efficient Is an Air Source Pool Heat Pump?

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Though it's said that a ground source heat pump is more efficient and effective, it isn't strictly the truth since the air source outperforms it during specific seasons. Its efficiency becomes evident over time as the energy expenses reduce compared to other heat pumps.

For those who are tuned to the pool heating world, then you've heard a buzz about the air source heat pump before. It's among the other kinds of heat pumps readily available to clients; however, you might wonder how efficient they are from other pool heat pumps.  

When selecting a heat pump for your swimming pool, you should consider size, efficiency, and costs. Sometimes, it gets a little bit confusing to figure out the kind of heating system you need. Almost all pool heat pumps are exact in regards to shape, color, and size.


How it works

The air source heat pump is a more specific device than the electric heat pumps you find in the home for hot water and central heating. It has a more oversized beach exchanger, often designed using titanium to resist high chemical content in the pool water. It ensures the pool water flows via it a lot quicker as the pool's filter pump runs. The speed at which the water flows is higher, thus resulting in reduced temperature rise per cycle, hence higher efficiency.

It has a circulation pump and low-temperature rise and the higher ambient temperatures of the air, whose average efficiency could be more than 500%. So, for each 1kWh that one uses to run a pool heat pump, it delivers 5kWh of heat to your swimming pool.

The air source heat pump is among the most effective ways of heating the pool as it will substantially lower the running costs. Let's delve into other ways that make it a perfect option for your swimming pool:

Its highly efficient

The air source heat pump has a 1.8 or more coefficient of performance (COP); it simply means that it's 180% more efficient when compared to standard electric heaters. Others can even go up to a COP that reads 2.4, rendering them 240% more efficient devices. For this reason, they tend to be cost-effective as well as furnaces that use oil or propane.

Saves money on power bills

The efficiency of the air source heat pump lowers the energy expenses too. Switching it up reduces the energy bills as you will now use the outside air for the cooling and heating needs. You tend to save more if you are changing from a coal-based or electric system. Though the upfront cost is a bit high, you will save more in the long run.  

Keep in mind that the running cost of the pool heat pump relies on factors such as the amount of heat required, the heat source temperatures, and efficiency.

Easily maintained

The air-source pool heat pumps are popularly referred to as the 'fit and forget' technology since it calls for little maintenance after installation; it's left on its own to heat your pool. However, you should reach out to a technician for maintenance and servicing every year to ensure it's operating correctly.

Though the air source heat pumps tend to be low maintenance, several things to work on for optimal performance include checking for pump leaks, cleaning filters, refrigerant levels, dust from the heat pump, clearing leaves, and much more. In case of any other technical challenge, consult a certified professor.

Reduces carbon footprint

Generally, switching to renewable forms of energy is a great move to save the environment. It's a principle that has helped heat pumps harness a sustainable and renewable energy source. Another way a heat pump is efficient is the future proof from any upcoming regulations, such as the ban on oil or gas heating systems that will take place in 2025. It will not only reduce the carbon footprint but also offer an efficient conversion of energy rate to heat.

Air source heat pumps for the pools have a lower carbon, a great way to keep the water temperatures comfortable for a pleasant swim.

Long life-span

The duration of a pool heat pump is a bit long, close to 20 years; others can stretch to as far as 25 years. However, the operating life of the air source will rely on the model you intend to install. Despite the numbers, the air source pumps are an exceptionally steady and reliable heat source.


Another great benefit of installing the air source heat pump is the time an installer takes to implement the heating system and have it set up and running. But, the time taken will depend on the location and size of the heat source.

Typically, most domestic pool heat pump installations will primarily vary between one or two weeks to complete. But, if there are no groundworks involved, the installation process is shorter.

Take away

This guide on how the pump works and its efficiency is beneficial for installing one for their pools. However, when it comes to your choice of pump, it will depend on various factors such as size, location, climate, and so on. Note that there are different types of air source heat pumps that come with different prices. You should compare all of the popular brands in the market and settle for one that meets all your pool needs.

Though they have limitations, air-source heat pumps are more efficient than propane, gas boilers, and electric heating.

So, it would be best to consider installing one as the primary heat source for the pool. While selecting the heating system, it's advisable to have a qualified expert do a sizing analysis for your specific pool to determine the needed size.

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