Choosing a Heat Pump Pool Heater
When it comes to choosing a heat pump pool heater, there are a few things to consider:
- Pool Heater Size
Buying the right size for your pool is really important during the installation process. A heater is sized according to the surface area of the pool and the difference between the pool and the average air temperatures. There are three factors that affect pool heating:
- Wind Exposure
- Humidity Levels
- Cool Nighttime Temperatures
Sizing a pool heater is less tricky than sizing a pool heat pump or gas heater. Pool heaters are sized using BTUs, which stands for British thermal unit. A BTU is the measured amount of heat created by a pool heater. Outputs range from 75,000 BTU to 450,000 BTU. To calculate an approximate heater size for an outdoor swimming pool, follow these steps.
Efficiency and Cost
When it comes to efficiency, you’ll want to compare the cost of performance (COP) of the pump you’re considering. The higher the COP, the more energy efficient it is. Typically, COP is measured by testing a heat pump pool heater with an outdoor temperature of 80 degrees. COPs usually range from 3.0 to 7.0, which converts to an efficiency of around 500%. This means that for every unit of electricity it takes to run a compressor, you get 3-7 units of heat.
You’ll also want to ensure the pump you choose is installed and sized by a professional. At AquaComfort, our 25 years of continued innovation in energy-efficient technology, combined with our network of professional dealers, make your choice for a reliable heat pump an easy one.