Some air-source heat pumps can be used to both heat and cool your swimming pool. These heat pumps are referred to as reverse-cycle heat pumps, or chillers. As its name suggests, a reverse-cycle heat pump cools your swimming pool by reversing its refrigeration cycle. By heating your swimming pool during winter months and cooling your swimming pool during summer months, a reverse-cycle heat pump ensures that your swimming pool maintains comfortable swimming temperatures year round.
When explaining the reliability of heat pumps to consumers, many heat pump experts here at AquaCal use the same analogy: “A heat pump is as reliable as your refrigerator or air conditioner!”
If you properly install and maintain your heat pump, its lifespan can exceed ten years – twice that of a gas heater! You should therefore have a qualified heat pump professional and a licensed electrician install your heat pump, as they will know all relevant placement, plumbing, and electrical requirements. You should also hire a qualified heat pump professional to perform annual maintenance on your unit. Most heat pumps are made of materials designed to last in the outdoor swimming pool environment, but malfunctions like improper water flow can severely damage internal components.
With their Coefficient of Performance measuring between 5 and 6, heat pumps offer very efficient heating (a Coefficient of Performance is an efficiency rating that measures the ratio of energy output to energy input). And due to this high Coefficient of Performance, heat pumps have very low operating costs. Specifically, heat pumps cost up to six times less than gas heaters and electric resistance heaters per month.
A heat pump’s low operating costs make it a great long-term swimming pool heating investment. It has a much higher rate of return than a gas heater or an electric resistance heater.