Understanding Pool Heat Pumps

Pool Heat Pumps

How They Work

A heat pump is one of the most popular devices for keeping pool water warm during the winter. Using trace amounts of electricity, pool heat pumps warm up your swimming pool’s water by drawing up water into a filter and heater, and then pumping the warm water back into the pool. This constant exchange of warm and cold water keeps your pool fit for swimming even during the winter.

Selecting a Pool Heater

There are two types of heat pumps: water-source heat pumps and air-source heat pumps. A water-source (geothermal) heat pump transfers heat from a body of water and moves it from one place to another, whereas, an air-source heat pump operates by capturing heat in the air to warm your pool’s water.

Some air-source heat pump models are capable of both heating and cooling the pool. Alternatively, universal heat pumps give you something most other heaters don’t – dual right- and left-hand connections for your water, gas, and electricity. It’s a good idea to discuss your available options for heating with your pool builder.

Benefits of Installing a Pool Heat Pump

Pool heat pumps, while slightly more expensive than natural gas pool heaters, have much lower annual operating costs because of their higher rate of energy efficiency. They give you the ideal water temperature while using 80% less energy! These heat pumps are also more durable than other available pool heating options.

If you’re looking for total-body regimen that burns a lot of calories (without having to brave the cold), while being joint friendly, swimming in a heated pool should be your new go-to form of exercise. You may also find the water to be calming – water has long been a symbol of renewal and clarity.

These benefits seem well-worth investing in a pool heater!

Winterize Your Pool

winterize your pool

A swimming pool is a great backyard feature that will add years of enjoyment to your home. It provides many benefits, one of the most important being an increase in property value, especially in the Phoenix metropolitan area. A swimming pool can provide families with the opportunity for exercise, rest and relaxation, and a place for socializing, all amplified by the convenience of stepping into your own backyard oasis. However, even in Arizona, there comes a time when you should take some steps to winterize your pool.

Use these tips to winterize your pool.

#1. Clean Out the Pool

The first step is clean out any leaves, insects, dirt and debris. Use your pool vacuum – or just fish them out with a net. It is also recommended that you brush and vacuum the sides, not just the bottom, of your pool in order to remove scum lines.

#2. Balance Water Chemistry

This protects the pool from corrosion or scale buildup. You will want to do this at least a week prior to actually closing the pool. Using a water test kit, adjust the water to the recommended levels of pH, total alkalinity, calcium (hardness), and chlorination.

Proper levels are as follows:

  • pH: 7.2-7.6
  • Alkalinity: 180-220 ppm
  • Chlorine levels: 1-3 ppm

#3. Add a Winterization Kit

Thinking of adding a winterization chemical kit? Do it now. These kits put high levels of chlorine and algaecide in the water to prepare it for the cold months ahead. Ask your pool builder or retailer about these kits today!

#4. Remove Pool Accessories

You will also want to remove any and all pool accessories. This includes ladders, wall fittings, hand rails, automatic pool cleaners, and diving boards to ensure your pool’s cover snugly fits therefor keeping out debris and insects.

#5. Cover Your Pool

Finish winterizing your pool by covering your pool with solid cover that keeps out debris. When shopping for a pool cover, look for one that will provide a tight fit, so that no debris or bugs can get in between the gaps.

#6. Prefer to Use Your Pool Year-Round?

If you would prefer to keep using your pool in the winter, you have a few options, including geothermal heating. Geothermal heating works by collecting heat from the ground, which remains a constant 70˚F, concentrating it and applying it to your pool’s water. This ensures a consistently warm temperature year-round.

Using Your Pool For Fitness

There are many advantages to using your pool for exercising. Water’s natural buoyancy reduces weight-bearing stress, allows greater ease of movement with less impact on joints and muscles. The increased density of water creates even and fluid resistance, which will allow you to tone and strengthen muscles with greater balance and efficiency. Regardless of your current level of physical activity, water exercise is an excellent way to improve fitness, maintain health and restore vitality.

Another great reason for pool exercise is that you can burn more calories in a shorter time than land-based exercise. Water resistance is also great for boosting cardio intensity and, let’s face it, it’s more fun to workout in a pool!

There is also a number of additional equipment items you can buy to help with your routine. Water fitness gloves have webbing between the fingers for added resistance. A water ‘noodle’ can be used with many different exercises and hand buoys act like weighted barbells when training in your pool. There are even home ellipticals, treadmills, and bikes, designed specifically for in-water use for those who want to advance their exercise to a higher level.

There are many great resources and videos for exercise routines on the internet. Here are a few links to help you out: