There is nothing better than splashing about in a pool but why should you only be able to use your pool in the summer months? Pool heating allows you to extend your swimming season by several months and one great option is electric pool heating. Here’s what you need to know.
About Electric Pool Heating
The most common form of electric pool heating used today is the electric heat pump. A heat pump works like a reverse cycle air conditioner – taking heat from the air and using it to warm the water. Electric heat pumps are very efficient as they can take 3 to 7 times the heat energy from the air than the power that they consume. For example, if the heat pump uses 2kW to operate, it can take anywhere from 6kW to 14kW of heat from the air.
Of course, the other type of electric pool heating in use is the electric element heating. These basically work like a giant kettle, heating water as it passes over the element. While this type of heating is very effective, it is not very efficient and it can actually be quite costly to run if not utilised correctly.
Benefits of Electric Pool Heaters
The beauty of electric pool heaters is that all of them can be switched on and off as you wish, giving you precise control over exactly when your pool is heated. You can also attach an automatic timer to your electric pool heating, so that it turns on at a certain time, and off at a certain time. Your pool will be heated when you need it to be but you can have it off to save energy!
The efficiency of electric heat pumps also means that electric pool heating can actually be quite cost efficient. This is important in this age of rapidly and constantly rising electricity costs. Combine the efficiency of heat pumps with a timer and you’ll find that your pool heating bills are much lower than you anticipated.
All types of electric pool heaters will work no matter what the surrounding weather conditions are. This means that you’ll have lovely, warm pool water even if it is raining, cloudy, or the temperatures are very cold.
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