We understand if you’ve been thinking about getting a heat pump for your pool but aren’t sure about “jumping in” with the investment. There are many reasons why a heat pump isn’t necessary, but then again, it brings plenty of advantages to the savvy pool owner.
Whether you want to use your pool in the cooler weather or your aim is to keep the water clean all year, a heat pump can be a valuable commodity. Here, we’ll break down the pros and cons of pool heat pumps so you can make an informed decision about the advantages of buying one for your swimming pool.
1. Pro: Heat Pumps Are Safe and Environmentally-Friendly
What are you currently using to maintain and run your pool’s heating system? If it’s a combustion system, you’re already spending a lot of extra money on maintenance to keep it running safely.
On the other hand, heat pumps don’t have much upkeep required. Your installer will come by every few years to make sure everything is working as efficiently as it should. There’s no worry about regular maintenance because no fuel is burned to generate the pump. As long as your electricity is in proper shape, your pump will work safely. As a bonus, skipping the combustion systems reduce your carbon emissions, meaning a pump is safer for your family and the environment.
2. Con: Heat Pumps Aren’t Cheap
The cost of buying a heat pump and having it installed will vary, but it’s usually not on the low end of the scale. You also have to include the price of running the pump, which depends on the insulation properties and size of the pool, as well as your household and how often the pool is used.
If your household runs on gas or solar, your pump costs will be lower than they would with electricity. Pool heat pumps installed by a professional will be more energy-efficient, and you’ll be advised of the best settings to use for timing when the pump turns on and off.
Heat pumps will save you money if you switch to them instead of using a combustion system. Your long-term energy savings make a pump a great return on your investment, even with the initial upfront costs.
3. Pro: Heat Pumps Will Last Years
You might only need the heating part of the pump during the cooler seasons, but yours will last you all year and for those to come. Even better, if you run it in reverse mode, the pump can cool your water when the temperatures make it miserable to jump in a hot, sticky pool. No one wants to swim if the water is hotter than the air.
This cooling/heating ability will come in handy because your pump is going to be with you for a long time. The average lifespan of a pool pump is around 15 years, although if you invest in a high-quality pump and ensure it’s taken care of, it can last as long as 50 years.
Concerned about the initial investment? Check with your local pool installation company. There are government programs that can help lower the costs of installing renewable heat systems. It’s an investment you won’t regret!