Understanding Heated Pools
Heated Pools Allow You to Use Your Pool Longer
Summer is coming to an end. While the warm days have not left us yet, their days are numbered. However, even though the weather may be cooling down, it doesn’t mean you can’t still take advantage of your pool. Heated pools continue to become a coveted commodity with many pool owners who wish to continue using their backyard amenity.
There are different types of pool heaters like gas heaters and solar heaters. The one we are going to be focusing on today is the electric pool heater, also known as a pool heat pump.
How Does it Work
Pool heat pumps work the same way as your home air conditioning unit but in reverse. It uses warm air surrounding the unit to heat the water in your pool. It is important to note that once temperatures drop below 50 degrees F, the heat pump won’t be able to warm the water. If the average temperature in your area is below 50 degrees F, then a heat pump may not be best for you.
This pump uses electricity to move heat from the surrounding air to the pump. It does not make its own heat. The heat is drawn in by a fan that directs it to the evaporator coil. In this coil, there is a liquid refrigerant, often Freon, that absorbs the outside air’s heat, becoming gas.
Once the refrigerant has become a gas, it passes through the compressor. Here, the gas is squeezed by the compressor, which drastically increases the temperature to above 200 degrees F. This very hot gas is then passed through the condenser coil. The colder pool water circulates through the coil, picking up the heat from the hot gas.
The heated water is returned to the pool. Once the heat was transferred from the hot gas to the pool water, the gas then returns to its original liquid refrigerant form. The whole process begins all over again.
Benefits of Heated Pools
Heated pools are great for many homeowners. They give you a chance to get the most out of your pool for an extended period. Some benefits of heated pools include:
- Longer Usage: Probably the benefit most known for owning a heated pool is the fact that you can use your pool much longer. You no longer have to stop using your pool when summer comes to an end. As long as the average temperature in your area remains over 50 degrees F, your pool heat pump can warm your pool water.
- Increases Home Value: While most homes with a pool tend to have an increased home value by as much as 7%, making it a heated pool can certainly improve the results of selling your home.
- Better For Exercising: It is well known that swimming pools are a great way to exercise. However, cold water can often lead to joint stiffness and sometimes pain. A heated pool helps relax the muscles and makes it easier on your respiratory system.
- Prevents Freeze Damage: Regular pools are prone to suffering damage if water freezes in the winter. Even drained pools can suffer damage to the lining. Fortunately, with a pool heat pump, a constant flow of warm water prevents the pool from freezing and damaging the plumbing and other aspects of your pool.
When deciding to get a pool heater, you should consider the size of your pool, the efficiency needed, and the potential costs. However, if you plan on using your pool frequently no matter the season, having a heated pool is often worth it. If you are interested in installing a pool heater, contact the pool experts at Mid City Custom Pools.