Do pool heat pumps use a lot of electricity?

Pool heat pumps are a great investment for any pool owner. They provide a reliable heating source that allows you to extend your swimming season as the weather cools down. Many pool owners will select a pool heat pump in Sydney. They are more cost effective and are suited to everyday use. Rather than burning gas, heat pumps use the ambient outside air to warm the pool with the help of electricity. This makes it cheaper to run. But, if you’re thinking about purchasing a pool heat pump, you’ll probably be wondering how much electricity it uses. How much d0es it really costs to run a pool heat pump in Sydney. We’ll discuss this and more down below. First, we need to understand how a heat pump operates.

How does a pool heat pump work?

Pool heat pumps utilise electricity to transfer heat from the ambient air to the pool. They don’t need to generate heat, instead they simply pump the warm air into the water. As the pump circulates the water in the pool, the water pulled from the pool moves through a filter and the pump`s heater. This pump features a fan that draws in the surrounding warm air. It is then directed to the evaporator coil. The liquid coolant in the coil pulls heat from the outside air and turns it into a gas. This warm gas then moves through the compressor, which increases its temperature further. This creates an extremely hot gas that is then moved through the condenser. From there, the condenser absorbs the generated heat and it’s released into the pool. As the hot gas moves through the condenser coil, it turns to a liquid. It then returns to the evaporator, and the process begins again. As the warm air from the surrounding area is used to heat the water, the electricity required to heat the water is marginal.

How much electricity does a pool heat pump use?

Traditional gas heaters generate around 0.9 kW of heat for every 1 kW of energy used. Pool heat pumps can generate anything from 3 to 10 kW of heat for each 1 kW of power used. The ‘coefficient of performance’ or the COP is a measurement used when comparing the efficiency of heat pumps. We sell the Madimack Elite V3 Inverter Pool Heat Pump and the Eclipse Inverter Pool Heat Pump. Both pumps are highly energy efficient with an average COP of 10. This means that on average they require 1 kW of energy to create 10kW of heating power. Compared with just 09.kW from a gas heater, it’s clear that heat pumps are more efficient. These heat pumps cost around 80% less to run than LPG and around 50% less than natural gas heaters. You can view our range of pool heat pumps by clicking here.

It’s true that a heat pump can be more expensive to purchase outright than a pool gas heater. However, the pool heat pump has reduced operating costs due to their high efficiency and the minimal electricity that’s used. With proper maintenance and care, these heat pumps will also last longer when compared to pool gas heaters. This saves you money in the long run and a gives a faster return on your investment.

How much does it add to my electricity bill?

There are a number of factors to consider when heating a pool. All factors can have an effect on how much it will cost. What is the size of the pool? How many degrees do you need to heat the pool? How often will you heat the pool? Make sure to note down these factors, and research some heat pumps to work out their specifications. You can also contact the professionals at Eclipse Pool Heating for some advice and recommendations for your pool. That being said, an average sized pool heat pump being used semi-regularly for a 7×4 metre pool could add anywhere between $200-$400 on to your annual electricity bill. When compared with semi-regular use of a pool gas heater, the gas bill could grow by over $600 for the year.

How are they more efficient?

Pool heat pumps convert the warm outside air and transfer it to your pool. By utilising the warm air, this reduces the need for heating and electricity usage is minimised. Heat pumps can be used consistently, whereas gas heaters should only be used occasionally. This makes them impractical for everyday use. So how do you maximise the energy efficiency of these heaters? Consider only running them during the day when the outside temperature is warmer. However, if you want to use your pool first thing in the morning and you want it to be warm, you will need to run it throughout the night in order to have the water warm enough. This will likely use more electricity though, as the air temperature will be much lower.

Get in touch

If you’re after a more accurate estimate on exactly how much it would cost to run a heat pump to heat your pool, you can get in touch with the Eclipse Pool Heating team. By answering a few simple questions about your pool and how you use it, our heating experts can determine which type of heater you would need and how much it would cost to run. We provide electric pool heating and pool heater installations in Sydney to keep pool owners swimming comfortably throughout the year. For any inquires related to Sydney pool heating, please contact us here or on 0481 162 519.