Variable Speed and Heat Pumps

Variable Speed Pumps

Variable Speed Water Pumps can be programmed to process the pool water at a pace that fits your needs. You can save up to 90% on electricity costs by pumping water as needed without be restricted to simple on and off options.

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Easy Set-up for Season Long Efficiency

Variable speed pumps usually include a variable drive, digital controls, and proprietary software that allow custom programming of the optimum speed per function—filtering, heating, cleaning, operating water features, and more. For most all applications, the optimum speed is significantly lower than possible with traditional pump technology, so you can exploit a fundamental pump law: by going slower, power consumption is reduced.

The Heat Pump Option

Another option is to install a heat pump that can heat a pool at a fraction of the cost of a typical natural gas or propane pool heater. If you want an energy-efficient way to heat your swimming pool, consider using a heat pump pool heater.heatpump1

How They Work

Heat pumps use electricity to capture heat and move it from one place to another. They don't generate heat.

As the pool pump circulates the swimming pool's water, the water drawn from the pool passes through a filter and the heat pump heater. The heat pump heater has a fan that draws in the outside air and directs it over the evaporator coil. Liquid refrigerant within the evaporator coil absorbs the heat from the outside air and becomes a gas. The warm gas in the coil then passes through the compressor. The compressor increases the heat, creating a very hot gas that then passes through the condenser. The condenser transfers the heat from the hot gas to the cooler pool water circulating through the heater. The heated water then returns to the pool. The hot gas, as it flows through the condenser coil, returns to liquid form and back to the evaporator, where the whole process begins again.

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When to Choose a Heat Pump

Heat pump pool heaters work efficiently as long as the outside temperature remains above the 45ºF–50ºF range. The cooler the outside air they draw in, the more energy they use. However, since most people use outdoor swimming pools during warm and mild weather, this usually isn't an issue. For year round use, a heat pump may not be an appropriate choice.