If you have a swimming pool heat pump, you probably wonder how often you should be running it. This is certainly understandable because many AquaCal customers struggle with the same issue. So in order to address this subject and to help others, we explain how often you should run your heat pump in order to most benefit from it. You may be surprised!
Unlike gas heaters, heat pumps are most efficient when they are run for long periods of time and when they are run often. This is because they heat very slowly but maintain temperatures very well. If you only run your heat pump when you use your swimming pool, your heat pump will have to raise your water temperature by as much as 20°F (11°C) every time you use your swimming pool. This will cost you both time and money. Alternatively, if you regularly run your heat pump, your heat pump will only have to replace heat lost due to evaporation, rainfall, etc. Heat pumps low costs of operation make this option affordable and practical.
When deciding how often you want to run your heat pump, keep the following things in mind:
- While you can set a timer for your circulation system, you cannot set run times on your heat pumps display. You can only set water temperatures.
- In order to maintain your specified water temperature, your heat pump automatically starts and stops as necessary. Some heat pumps also automatically switch between heating and cooling cycles.
- Your heat pump is connected to your swimming pool water circulation system, which means your heat pump can only run when your swimming pool pump is running.
Ultimately, you want to enjoy your swimming pool, so you should consider your personal preferences and lifestyle when deciding how often to run your heat pump. As always, if you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, leave a comment below, or contact us at AquaCal directly here.