Upgrade your equipment for efficiency
by Monique Nelson on March 13th, 2012

I have been scanning a new pool industry forum lately: PoolFYI.com

Granted, the information there is mainly residential based, but there is a lot of material that can be used in just about any pool related market - including commercial aquatics facilities.

Today I cam across an article titled: "Upgrade your pool equipment - and save money doing it." That is the kind of headline that makes me sit up and pay attention. I wanted to share some of the main points with you...what follows are some particularly interesting excerpts.

Variable-speed pumps are easily programmable to change their speed to suit various tasks... Compared to a traditional single-speed or two-speed pump, this flexibility can reduce a swimming pool's energy consumption up to 90 percent. (Exact savings depend on how often the pump runs, what it's used for, and the overall hydraulic design of the pool.)...

Automation controls are the pool world's equivalent of the home's programmable thermostat... They allow owners to access their pool equipment from practically anywhere...anytime... with push-button simplicity while also scheduling equipment run times for heating, lighting, spa jets, water features, cleaners and more...to maximize energy savings...

LED lighting with today's newest technology takes only 26 to 70 watts to provide the same brightness as an incandescent light consuming 500 watts...

Covers save you money thanks to simple laws of physics: evaporation and the fact that heat rises. Delving just a bit into the science, it takes 1 BTU (a measure of heat energy) to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water 1 degree Fahrenheit. However, every pound of 80-degree water that evaporates takes 1,048 BTUs with it.  Capturing that heat (essentially, reducing the rate of evaporation) is one easy way to conserve energy and heating costs...

If a gas pool heater is more than five years old, an upgrade to a heater that meets today's stricter minimum energy requirements could quickly pay for itself. A better option in many climates is an air source heat pump, which can deliver savings of up to 80 percent over conventional heaters...

After reading that information, are you inspired? That bit about pool covers (the part bolded to grab your attention...) is particularly noteworthy in my opinion. Basically, what that means is that, not only does it cost a lot to heat up your pool water initially, it also costs you a lot more to let it evaporate, just so that you can heat it up again. Evaporation is the largest source of heat loss from your pool - indoor or outdoor, big or small, it doesn't matter.

If you want to immediately lower your heating costs, cover up your pool. You can use a liquid pool cover like Heatsavr to take all of the physical labor out of the "covering" job, and make sure that your pool is protected day and night, even when your pool is in use.

In summary, Heatsavr is set-and-forget easy to use. It covers your pool 24/7, even while people are swimming. It does not inhibit the natural beauty of your pool. It saves up to HALF of your evaporative water loss which, as you know, means less money is being transferred from your facility to your energy provider. You must be convinced by now! Email me to find out where you can get Heatsavr locally: [email protected]


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