It may be fall in Tampa, but that doesn’t mean that pool season has to be over. A heat pump for your swimming pool might be just what you need to extend the swimming season and keep the pool parties going. Here’s a look at how to choose the right pool heat pump with the help of your Tampa pool equipment service.
How Heat Pumps Work
Heat pumps help to regulate the temperature of your swimming pool by circulating water through a filter and heater. Much like an evaporative heater or AC system, heat pumps rely on liquid refrigerant to absorb heat from the outside air. As the liquid refrigerant heats up and gets passed through a compressor, it turns into a hot gas and is passed through a series of coils. These coils are what your pool water runs through to keep your swimming pool nice and toasty throughout the colder months.
Choosing the Right Heat Pump
Heat pumps for your pool come in a wide variety of sizes and efficiency levels, which in turn provides you with a range of prices to fit your budget. When it comes to maximizing your heat pump purchase, make sure that you are choosing the right size heat pump for your pool. An oversized heat pump may utilize too much energy, driving up your electrical bill, while an undersized unit may not provide the heat needed to adequately warm your pool. Heat pumps also come in a variety of efficiency levels, measured by the coefficient of performance (COP). Higher COP ratings indicate a more energy-efficient heat pump. To find the right balance between size, efficiency, and cost, work with a professional pool pump installer and electrician.
Maintaining Your Heat Pump
Heat pumps need regular maintenance to ensure proper operation and safety. Typically, heat pumps require tune-ups and cleaning at the beginning and end of the pool season. Pool equipment repair services can perform all the maintenance you need according to manufacturer specifications so that you can protect your pool and your heat pump according to warranty.