18 Sep Benefits Of Swimming Pool Heat Pumps
Check out the top benefits of using a pool heat pump all year round…
Before making any choice on how best to heat your pool, it’s important to look at the benefits and also make sure you are comparing like with like. For example, solar pool heating is, by far, the most energy efficient way to heat your pool, but it won’t heat the water all year round. Likewise, a heat pump will heat your water much more consistently than solar pool heating, but will be more expensive to run.
The level of a heat pump’s efficiency is determined by the number of units of heat the system can produce for each unit of power consumed. It’s called the coefficient of performance (COP) and, on average, a heat pump will range from 3.0 to 7.0 COP—producing 3 to 7kW of heat for every 1kW of power consumed.
Unlike solar heating, a heat pump will also work in low temperatures—depending on the model, it could even still be warming your water on sub-zero days. It will, of course, be less efficient when there is less ambient heat in the air.
But how much will it cost to run? The Heatseeker Vortex Inverter comes in a range of sizes from 9kW to 21kW—which is best for you will depend on the size of your pool and whether you live in a cold or warm climate. The running costs are easy to calculate. According to Sustainability Victoria, the peak electricity rate at the moment is around 28 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). On that basis, a 9kW pump will cost $2.52 each hour it is on, and a much larger 21kW unit will cost $5.88 each hour. These costs can, of course be brought down by operating the heat pump outside the peak hours of 3pm – 9pm on weekdays or investing in a rooftop solar PV system.
To find out more about the heat pumps in our range call Supreme Heating on 1300 787 978