Part of the Florida dream is owning a backyard pool. However, that dream may be a shocking disappointment if the pool water is always too cold to enjoy. Instead of relying on the power of the sun, you may want to install a pool heat pump, which allows you to experience comfortable water temperatures no matter the weather.
At Complete Comfort, we specialize in keeping homeowners in South Florida comfortable. Whether you’re on your couch or in your pool, we know how to regulate the temperature so you’re never too hot or too cold. If you’re interested in installing an electric pool heater, here’s our guide on how to get the job done.
What Is A Pool Heat Pump?
A heat pump is an efficient way to heat your pool that uses heat from the outside air to warm your pool water. They are sometimes referred to as electric pool heaters since they run on electricity. Since the temperature in South Florida rarely falls below fifty degrees Fahrenheit, heat pumps are effective at warming pools year-round.
Fueled by electricity, heat pumps use refrigerant stored in evaporator coils to heat pool water. The refrigerant absorbs heat from outdoor air, which turns the refrigerant from liquid to gas. This gas is compressed and condensed before it transfers the heat to the pool water.
This cycle is repeated so that all the water in the pool reaches a comfortable temperature. On cooler days, heat pumps use more energy to heat the water, while on warmer days, they are more energy efficient. This makes heat pumps a great option for pools in Southern Florida, where we have fairly warm weather all year long.
Choosing A Heat Pump For Your Pool
If you’re interested in installing a heat pump, there are a few factors to consider before you make the investment. First, you’ll need to determine the proper size of the heat pump for your pool. To do this, complete the following calculations:
- Subtract the average temperature of the coldest month of the year by the average temperature of the warmest month of the year. This is the temperature rise.
- Figure out your pool’s area in square feet.
- Use the following equation to determine the size of the heater needed in British thermal units (Btu) per hour:
- Pool area x temperature rise x 12 = Btu/hour
Most heat pumps will have the Btu/hour rating in the description. If you don’t want to do this math on your own, you can always hire a professional from our team to determine the proper-sized heat pump for your pool.
You will also need to consider the efficiency of a heat pump before you purchase one. On average, the more you spend, the more efficient the heat pump will be. However, for homeowners who don’t use their pool very often, a less efficient heat pump may be a better option.
A heat pump professional can help you determine the right heat pump for you based on how much use it will get and the climate of the heat pump’s location. Since heat pumps require some investment, it’s important to consider these factors carefully before making a purchase.
Schedule Jupiter Pool Heat Pump Services
If you’re interested in investing in a pool heat pump in the Jupiter area, Complete Comfort has your back. We can help you figure out which pump to buy and help you maintain it once it’s installed. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!