The primary function of a swimming pool heat pump is to remove heat from your pool. These devices work by circulating refrigerant gas through a heat exchanger. This condenses the refrigerant from a liquid state to a gas form, and the gas cools rapidly after it changes from liquid to gas. It then passes through the evaporator, a series of coils that surround most of the surface areas of the pool.
Gas heaters are more expensive to run. Their high energy consumption leads to more frequent maintenance and repairs. They also produce much more CO2 than heat pumps, which is bad for the environment. Electric heat pumps are more energy efficient and can run around the clock. However, they are not as energy efficient as gas heaters, so they are not recommended for cold climates.
The cost of running a gas pool heater ranges from $300 to $500 a month. This is expensive, especially if you use the heater all day long. Using a gas heater is also not environmentally friendly and takes up fuel. Also, gas pumps cost more than other types of pool heaters. Propane and natural gas are much cheaper and can be hooked up to an existing line.
A heat pump works by using ambient air to warm the water. A fan draws the warm air over the evaporator coil. The water then passes through the heat exchanger and returns to the pool through the inlet. This type of heater is unsuitable for hot tubs since it takes a long time to heat the water. Additionally, it requires a dedicated electrical circuit.
When choosing a pool heat pump, you’ll want to be sure to look at its energy efficiency. While traditional pool heaters have a low COP (coefficient of performance), heat pumps can be as high as 14. This means that 14 units of heat are transferred to your pool for every unit of energy they consume. This can save you hundreds of dollars every year!
A pool heat pump utilizes heat from the existing pool environment to move it to a cooler place while using less electricity. It uses a fan to draw in air and direct it over a coil inside the heater. This hot air is turned into a liquid that flows through the compressor and condenser. The hot gas then passes into a cooler pool.