March 2016 products of the month: Heat pump & solar pool heaters
|Just because the air temperature might be cooling down, it doesn’t mean you should stop enjoying your pool. The ideal temperature for leisure swimming is between 25 and 26 degrees Celsius, but this temperature is rarely achieved naturally. For most of the swimming season, the temperature is usually about 18 to 20 degrees, with most of the warmth gained during the day then lost overnight.
Mention heat pump and solar, and images of indoor water heaters tend to spring to mind. But these nifty devices are also a cost effective way to warm up the water in your pool and keep you swimming right through winter. The great news is that the technology continues to improve with every season that passes. Here’s a taste of some of the water heater options available from Swimart.
Electroheat Ultra heat pump
The Electroheat Ultra heat pump is the latest technological advancement in swimming pool heating. Electroheat Ultra heat pumps will heat your pool when the ambient air temperature is above 0°C. Like its household cousin, it uses a fan to extract latent heat from the surrounding air, then it passes the air into an evaporator that contains a piping system filled with a refrigerant. The warm air passing into the evaporator causes the refrigerant to boil, turning it into a gas.
The heated gas is then pumped by a compressor that super-heats it before a heat exchanger transfers the heat to the pool water that is pumped from the pool via the regular pool filter pump to and through the heat pump system. The heated pool water is then pumped back into the pool.
Electroheat Ultra heat pumps are an energy efficient way to heat your pool and extend your swimming season. Their features include:
Pool heaters are complex products that automatically control the temperature of the water in your pool, so your heat pump may need to be configured to suit your pool’s needs.
Gulf Panel solar heater
The principle of solar pool heating is very simple. Imagine a garden hose that has been lying in the sun for several hours. When you turn on the tap, out comes hot water. The sun’s energy has been absorbed by the hose and transmitted as heat to the water inside it. The hose has acted as a solar collector, which is the process of solar heating.
A Gulf Panel solar heated pool can maintain “swimmable” temperatures for six to nine months of the year. Imagine how much added enjoyment your pool would provide if it was warm for more hours in every day and for more days in every year. Gulf Panels are manufactured in fixed size lengths that are laid side by side to form a large grid. Their benefits include being more resistant to wildlife attacks, the single piece panels mean there are fewer joints, they offer excellent heat transfer characteristics and they are UV stabilised.
Waterco is offering a $200 Swimart cheque on any Electroheat Heat Pump sold in March, April or May. Visit your local Swimart store for further details.