Buoyed up for a re­lax­ing time

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GREATER in­ter­est in en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and cost- ef­fec­tive pool heat­ing has seen an in­crease in the use of heat pumps around Aus­tralia, with more pool own­ers recog­nis­ing the myr­iad of ben­e­fits.

“To­day, sus­tain­abil­ity is a key fac­tor with pool own­ers who are fo­cused on the most cost ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient way of heat­ing their pool and the spot­light has fallen on heat pumps,” says Zane So­lar and Heat­ing prod­uct man­ager Adam Shel­ley.

Heat from the air

“Heat pumps are a great way to heat pool wa­ter as they are su­per ef­fi­cient and con­sume very lit­tle en­ergy to op­er­ate com­pared to tra­di­tional meth­ods.

“Un­like so­lar pool heat­ing sys­tems, which rely on di­rect sun­light to heat wa­ter, heat pumps ex­tract heat from the air ( sim­i­lar to a re­verse cy­cle air conditioner) and use that heat to in­crease pool wa­ter tem­per­a­ture.”

Com­pared to gas and elec­tric pool heaters, heat pumps use just a frac­tion of the en­ergy to gen­er­ate the same amount of heat.

Al­though ini­tially heat pumps take longer than gas heaters to warm up the pool or spa wa­ter, they are much more eco­nom­i­cal and will then main­tain the heat­ing as well as gas heaters.

“There is re­ally no con­test when it comes to the dif­fer­ence in run­ning costs be­tween a heat pump and gas pool heaters.

“Heat pumps cost a lot less to op­er­ate be­cause they trans­fer ex­ist­ing heat from the air rather than burn­ing fos­sil fu­els like nat­u­ral gas or propane.

“In fact, you can save up to 80% over LPG and 50% over nat­u­ral gas by in­stalling a Waterco heat pump,” Shel­ley says.

Elec­tro­heat MKIII: The lat­est ad­vance­ment in swim­ming pool heat­ing

Waterco has ex­panded its heat pump range with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Elec­tro­heat MKIII. The MKIII has been built with ozone friendly R410A re­frig­er­ant, which has dual ben­e­fits – it is kin­der to the en­vi­ron­ment and im­proves the heat pump’s per­for­mance.

Key fea­tures of the Elec­tro­heat MKIII: – Tem­per­a­ture man­age­ment and self- di­ag­no­sis

The Elec­tro­heat MKIII’s LED con­trol panel fea­tures a con­tin­u­ous dig­i­tal pool tem­per­a­ture dis­play and in­cor­po­rates a self- di­ag­no­sis sys­tem.

In the event of an op­er­a­tional is­sue, the con­trol panel will dis­play di­ag­nos­tic er­ror codes.

– Weath­er­proof cab­i­net

The heat pump’s cab­i­net is con­structed of heavy- duty UV- re­sis­tant ABS body pan­els that are im­per­vi­ous to cor­ro­sion.

– R410A re­frig­er­ant gas

De­scribed as the re­frig­er­ant of the fu­ture, this type of gas has bet­ter ther­mal ex­change prop­er­ties, re­sult­ing in over­all per­for­mance gains in terms of sys­tem ef­fi­ciency.

– High- den­sity titanium heat ex­changer

The use of titanium in heat ex­changer con­struc­tion of­fers in­creased pro­tec­tion against ero­sion and cor­ro­sion, as it is re­sis­tant to chlo­ri­nated wa­ter, ozone, io­dine, Baquacil, bromine and salt wa­ter.

In ad­di­tion, titanium heat ex­chang­ers have a longer life ex­pectancy than stan­dard cop­per heat ex­chang­ers.

– Scroll com­pres­sors

The Elec­tro­heat MKIII is pow­ered by Scroll com­pres­sors, the qui­etest, most pow­er­ful and en­ergy- ef­fi­cient com­pres­sors avail­able in the mar­ket.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Waterco’s Elec­tro­heat MKIII pump, call 1300 808 800 or log on to www. waterco. com.

Heat pumps are en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, en­ergy- ef­fi­cient and cost- ef­fec­tive for pool heat­ing.

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