Solar Power or Heat Pump?
Heating a swimming pool is by no means a low cost venture and any savings you can make should be welcome. Of the greener options out there, two of the most popular and most efficient are solar heating and heat pumps.
These two alternatives are a lot more efficient, environmentally friendly and lower to run than oil heating or other traditional means. Both options can be used for indoor or outdoor pools and are increasingly common and also lower in cost.
Solar power has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years and so is perfectly suitable for the large part of the year. Unlike domestic water, which needs to be quite warm – swimming pool water can be below body temperature and so solar panels are increasingly efficient for this form of temperature control.
Whereas domestic heating requires water to be in and around the 60 degree Celsius mark, swimming pool water needs to be somewhere in the 30 degree Celsius region. This is far easier for solar power to attain and allows them to run extremely efficiently when they are put to this task. It also means that you can significantly lower costs, and that the largest part of a solar panel heated pools costs cover the circulating pump.
Of course, there are all sorts of systems out there, though currently the most efficient are solar collectors. These are extremely efficient when passing heat to the exchanger and are excellent with outdoor tools.
These items can also be added to swimming pool showers and even used to aid home heating needs if required. This means that when you’re not using your pool you can use the panels to help heat the house and lower domestic bills. A good pool covering can also help boost efficiency too.
Heat pumps are also a fantastically efficient way to boost the water temperature of a pool and can aid a constantly pleasant temperature throughout the seasons. These pumps can also be added to the aforementioned solar power option to really aid green heat production.
Ideally heat pumps should be added before the pool or at the same time. Otherwise it may be a quite large task to add this option. Forget merely digging a hole and turning over a little ground with a rotovator hire, it could potentially be quite a large job to implement later on.
The heat pump manages to produce a low cost, low emission source of heating and can provide a swimming pool with five units of underground absorbed heat for each single unit of paid heat. By using the geothermal heat in the earth, these pumps can save over 80% of heating costs and so offer a very viable and efficient option that doesn’t produce much waste.
The largest part of using a heat pump to warm a pool is the purchase and addition of the pump. From there on in, it’s a low cost option that costs little or no more than maintenance.
Together, these devices can really be an efficient and excellent option when looking for a green alternative to heat a swimming pool.