Residential swimming pool

Are you thinking about buying and installing a swimming pool water heater? Have a few questions about using a pool heat pump? Wondering if you need a pool heater in Florida? Luckily, we’ve created the ultimate guide to heat pump pool heaters! So, if you are asking yourself a million little questions like, “How are pool heaters sized? Or How long do they last?” you’re in the right place.

How Are Pool Heaters Sized?

There are several different pool heater sizing options available. Pool heaters are sized by using BTUs, which stands for British thermal unit. A BTU is the measured amount of heat created by a pool heater. Outputs range from 75,000 Btu to 450,000 Btu. Sizing a pool heater is actually a lot less tricky than sizing a pool heat pump or gas heater. However, whenever it comes to preparing for different weather fluctuations like a drop of 50 degrees (F), then it is important to keep in mind that the pool heater might have a hard time extracting the air and heating the water. If you’re looking to heat an inground pool, it is advised to choose a larger sized pool heater. You can go smaller in size if you have a pool cover that will be used constantly, or if you are only heating during the summer months. Larger pool heat pump sizes will heat faster and maintain temperature more easily during colder months

How Does a Pool Water Heater Pump Work?

Interestingly, a pool pump heater uses electricity to create and generate its natural heating system. This energy is created by a fan in the pool pump that allows warm air to cycle through it. The warm air then passes over an evaporator coil and reacts to a refrigerant inside of tubes. Once the warm air and the refrigerant react with one another a warm gas is created, which gets sent into a compressor. The compressor then compresses the warm gas into very, very hot gas. As if it wasn’t cool enough after all of this happens, the hot gas then travels to a heat exchanger where it heats up in an inner titanium tube which heats the water. After that, the water gets pumped into the pool creating a regenerative cycle between the water in the pool and the water in the pool heater.

How Fast Will a Pool Pump Heater Heat My Pool?

It depends on a few things to determine how long it takes a heat pump to heat a pool. However, overall a heat pump generally heats a pool after 24 to 72 hours by 20-degrees Fahrenheit. For smaller pools like a spa pool, the heat pump can heat a pool between 45 and 60 minutes.

How Long Do Pool Pumps Last?

Pool pumps have an amazing quality and lifecycle. Even without general maintenance on a pool heater, they can last up to 10 to 20 years. However, with regular check-ups and maintenance, a pool heat pump can last virtually forever.

How Long Will It Take to Heat the Swimming Pool?

A heat pump has the ability to heat a pool by 20 degrees Fahrenheit within 1-3 days. The coldest temperature for most heat pumps to function and operate is at 50 degrees Fahrenheit.