Why should I be thinking of heating my pool with a heater?

A heat pump allows you to heat your pool or spa economically. Depending on energy costs, an AquaCal® heat pump can save you up to 80% over propane gas, 50% to 70% over natural gas, and over 600% against electrical resistance heaters found on most spas. This is the reason why thousands of customers choose a heater to heat their pool, rather than alternative types of heaters. If you plan on heating your pool, a heat pump makes the most sense, and the most economical heat pumps feature SCROLL compressors. AquaCal’s HeatWave heat pumps were the first heat pumps to feature SCROLL compressors as their standard compressor.

How does a heat pump work?

What is a pool heating audit?

A pool heating audit is a computerized report that your dealer can obtain for you. It will analyze your pool and advise you as to the optimum heat pump to use. Based on the weather data available for your local city, or the nearest city to you, the report will give you the approximate monthly cost of heating your pool with an AquaCal® heat pump and also the cost of using fossil fuel heaters. Ask us for this free heating audit.

How long will it take to heat my pool?

The initial start-up heating time will differ, depending on the size of the pool and the air temperature at the time that you are trying to heat your pool; other considerations affect the time also, but these are not as important. However, once your pool reaches the temperature you desire, the run time can be as little as only a few hours per day.

Is the refrigerant used in heat pumps ecologically safe?

YES! As of January 1, 2010, The United Nations Environmental Protection Agency requires all manufacturers to use an alternative refrigerant to R22. All AquaCal units now utilize R410A refrigerant. R22 will be available for repairs until 2030.
EPA Article: “What You Should Know About Refrigerants When Purchasing or Repairing a Residential A/C System or Heat Pump”

Why should I select a heater with a SCROLL compressor?

SCROLL compressors are the most efficient and reliable compressors on the market today! Most major heating and air conditioning manufacturers have been using SCROLL compressors for several years now. AquaCal was the first pool heat pump manufacturer to feature SCROLL compressors as standard on their HeatWave heat pump line. SCROLL compressors are 20% to 25% more efficient than conventional reciprocating compressors and 50% to 60% quieter, too!

What is a pool blanket and why should I use one?

A pool blanket, or solar blanket, is a plastic bubble material that floats on the surface of your pool/spa. It provides a very effective insulation, similar to the insulation in your attic, to keep the heat in your pool or spa. A pool blanket can reduce your heating costs by as much as 60%, even if you use a heat pump. Our pool heating audit compares for you the cost of heating your pool with and without a pool blanket.

Is a pool blanket necessary if I use a heat pump to heat my pool?

No, you do not need to install a blanket on your pool if you use a heat pump. However, if you choose not to use a pool blanket, your pool may require a larger heat pump. Your heating bills will also be lower with a pool blanket.

Some older AquaCalHeat® Pumps with cupronickel heat exchangers have an internal bypass. Why?

AquaCal® installed an internal bypass, rather than letting the dealer install an external one, for several reasons. The most important reason was so we could control the exact amount of water to enter the cupronickel heat exchanger inside your heat pump. The bypass automatically adjusts to the flow of your pool or spa filter pump, unlike manual bypasses which require you to constantly adjust them to maintain optimum heating efficiency. A bypass is important to the life of your heat pump. Allowing too much water to flow into your heat pump will eventually erode the heat exchanger inside your heat pump, which can be a very costly repair for you. Also, too much or too little water flow will lower the performance of your heat pump.