You will need to consider how you plan to heat your pool as there are a number of options available. A consideration should be given to the ongoing running costs as well as the initial purchase price. For example, a boiler has a relatively cheap purchase cost, however due to increasing fuel costs, the day to day running costs will be higher than other methods. Becoming more popular nowadays for environmental reasons as well as efficiency are heat pumps; both seasonal and all year round models are available.
If your pool is situated close enough to your house and your house boiler has adequate capacity you may consider using this as your heat source. If your pool is an outdoor pool, spring and summer time tends to be the seasons when you will use it most and this fortunately tends to be the time when your house boiler is under-utilized. For this method of heating you will require a heat exchanger which is a relatively small investment.
Dedicated Gas or Oil Boiler
Another method of heating your pool could be via a dedicated swimming pool oil or gas heater. This would be housed in your plant room along with the filtration equipment. This can be a domestic style boiler and a heat exchanger.
Air source heat pumps have become the most popular method to heat outdoor pools. The detrimental affects that burning fossil fuels is having on our environment along with the rising fuel costs is highlighting the need to seriously consider climate friendly alternatives.
Air-to-water heat pumps absorb energy from the external air, which is considerably upgraded and transferred to the Low Pressure Hot Water circuit using efficient heat pump technology. This method of heating is welcomed by Planning Authorities now insisting on ‘renewable energy’ heating systems. There are all year round models as well as seasonal models available making this option viable for indoor and outdoor pools.
We have a range of budget heat pump along with a premium range of inverter heat pumps. Inverter technology allows the speed of the heat pump to reduce whenever the pool needs less that the full output, matching heat output to exactly the heat required. This not only gives lower running costs, but reduces sound levels to a ‘whisper’ and eliminates the massive inrush currents associated with on/off heat pumps.
Ask us about our range of Calorex Heat Pumps.