6 Cost-Effective Ways To Heat Your Pool
There is nothing better on a hot summer’s day than jumping into a refreshing cool pool. But what about the rest of the year, when you want a swim, but the water is just too cold! Here are our top 6 cost-effective ways to heat your pool without breaking the bank!
1. Pool Location
If you are putting in a new pool, consider its location carefully. A sunny north-facing spot can reduce heat loss in a pool and help increase the pool’s water temperature.
Apart from giving your pool a prime sunny position, it’s also best practice to protect your pool from high wind areas. This helps prevent the wind from lowering the ambient air and pool water temperature and creating ripples or small waves on the pool surface. Water movement increases the area of water exposed to the cooler air and speeds up evaporation – meaning more heat loss.
To make the best use of the heat, your pool colour also matters.
2. Pool Colour
Pool colour can impact the amount of solar gain, so choose your colours appropriately. A rule of thumb – darker colours retain heat while lighter colours stay cooler. If you live in a place where it is warm and sunny all year round, a darker pool might not be the best choice, but it could be a better fit for a pool in a cooler region. Making good use of the sun and using natural heat gains can reduce your electric bills significantly.
Another effective and eco-friendly way to heat your pool is using an inverter pool heat pump, which provides high energy efficiency even under harsh conditions. By utilising the natural heat of the air, pool heat pumps can work in cooler weather without the help of the sun.
NCS Premier Series Inverter Pool Heat Pumps are energy efficient and cost-effective choice to warm up your pool. With a Premier Series heat pump, the location of the pool will no longer be a concern, and cooler temperatures will no longer hinder you from enjoying swimming all year round.
3. Pool Insulation
To save energy and costs long term, putting some insulation under and around the pool’s structure is a good choice, for it can prevent heat from escaping. By using rigid panel insulation, the heat in your swimming pool can be maintained, similar to hot water in a thermos.
Besides the design of a pool, using a suitable pool pump correctly is also essential
4. Choose a Pool Heat Pump with High COP
The higher COP of a pool heat pump, the lower your electricity bill! Compared with the normal COP 3.0-7.0 on the market, the NCS Premier Series heat pumps utilise InverPad technology and can reach a high COP of up to 15. The high COP combined with its low-speed running philosophy means double the energy savings compared to an on/off heat pump. When your pool is heated with a Premier Series, you can enjoy a comfortable and economical swimming experience throughout the year.
5. Choose the Best Time of Day for Heating
Undoubtedly, the best time to warm up pool water is when the temperature reaches its peak during the day. Depending on the location of your pool, around lunchtime is generally the best time to get direct sun. By absorbing more natural heat from the sun, the speed of the pump adjusts intelligently. The pool can maintain its temperature for a longer time with less power since the pool water temperature has reached a certain level.
6. Install a Pool Cover
Arguably evaporation is the largest source of energy loss from a pool. According to some sources, it’s estimated that around 75% of heat loss from a pool is attributed to evaporation. So a pool cover, like a solid pool blanket, is an essential tool for pool owners. Choosing a properly fitted solar pool cover can prevent up to 97% evaporation, equating to thousands of litres of water and hundreds of dollars worth of pool care products.
If you are after an economical and powerful heating system for your pool, contact the team at NCS; with over 30 years of experience, we can help you find the perfect system for you and your family.