In the blazing summer sun, nothing beats cooling off in a sparkling blue pool. Depending where you live in sunny South Africa, you’ll likely make good use of your pool between the months of October to February.
But what about those cooler months with short bright days, when you can see your breath in the morning and there is a distinct nip in the air? Given the annual maintenance costs of your swimming pool (and the incredible amount of fun you have in it), it makes sense to get more use out of it throughout the year, even in the slightly chillier months.
This is why many of our customers are considering a heating pump for their swimming pools.
Bringing the temperature of your swimming pool up to a comfy 25°C – and keeping it there – can be achieved with relative ease and a little planning.
Consider these factors while making your decision on your swimming pool heating pump:
If you are one of the lucky few who enjoy an indoor swimming pool, then you will know that bringing it up to temperature is easier and quicker than it is for an outdoor swimming pool. The simple equation of ambient temperature versus pool temperature will always remain true. If you live in a colder part of the country, then you will spend more time (and money) getting your water temperature up to a comfortable temperature.
Obviously, a larger pool will take longer and cost more to heat than its smaller counterpart. For example, a 20 m² pool will cost around R500 per month to heat (based on 2015 electricity tariffs, running at 9 hours per day to 25°C), as opposed to a 65 m² pool which would cost around R1300 per month. So your power costs will definitely be impacted.
To mitigate these costs, you would want to invest in a pool cover. These covers go a long way towards locking the heat in. In particularly cold areas, the heat can be lost to the atmosphere as fast as the heating pump can warm it.
Some have considered different heating options, which may take a little more effort to install but enjoy lower running costs. Pumping your pool water through a series of pipes which sit on the roof of your home, or even under the tar of your driveway, allows the water to soak up the warmth of the sun during its journey through the pipes. It’s a slower process, but a cheaper one overall if that is your concern. Solar panels can be added to your home (if that is an option) which would also contribute to warmer water when taking the plunge.