Gulfstream swimming pool heat pumps are manufactured using the most advanced, state of the art computerized testing stations in the industry making them the most efficient pool heat pumps in the world. The Gulfstream family offer quiet, powerful, efficient heat pumps for swimming pools that are AHRI Certified. These heat pumps have state of the art technology and LCD Readout Controls.
Gulstream revolutionized heat pump technology by being the first in the industry to utilize titanium in their heat exchangers, which changed the industry standards. The all-titanium heat exchangers will never corrode or wear out and come with a lifetime warranty. The Gulfstream pool heat pump features a spa timer for automatic shutoff after use and the quietest scroll compressor manufactured.
Gulfstream™ revolutionizes heat pump technology . . . again! GulfStream was first in the industry to utilize titanium in our heat exchangers and changed the industry standards. They said it couldn’t be done with titanium, but we took it a step further by rifling our titanium tubing, adding even greater efficiency in the heat exchange process. The GulfStream Hi-E Series of Swimming Pool Heat Pumps has done it again with our exclusive, specially designed state of the art TXV (Thermal Expansion Valve). It has been optimized for R-410A Refrigerant to precisely regulate the flow of refrigerant through our patent pending coil to achieve maximum efficiency especially at lower temperatures, allowing lower cost of operation. THE RESULTS ARE MORE HEAT FOR LESS MONEY . . . MAKING GULFSTREAM THE MOST EFFICIENT POOL HEAT PUMP IN THE WORLD.
Homeowners have a right to accurate efficiency information. This is especially true for energy consuming appliances used in the home, such as air conditioners and now pool heat pumps.
As of December 8, 2006 Florida Building Code acknowledges pool heat pumps to meet code requirements. Florida Building Code (13-612.1.ABC.2.3.4) requires all pool heat pumps to perform in accordance with ARI Standard 1160-2004.
The new testing standards are tough.
Testing was previously done in an environment of 80ºF with 80% humidity and then achieve 80ºF water temperature. Heat pumps now must be tested in an environment of 50ºF, 63% humidity, and then achieve 80ºF. Specific minimal efficiencies must be met at these colder conditions.
The GulfStream has not only met the minimum requirements, but has exceeded them!
Florida’s building industry is one of the most powerful, influential and lucrative sources of commerce in Florida. When it comes to code and compliancy, safe is better than sorry when considering future legal and/or financial complications.
The GulfStream family of Super-Quiet, High Efficiency Heat Pumps are AHRI Certified.
What is AHRI, who are they?
AHRI stands for the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute.
This institute operates to standardize the testing and performance data for all heat pumps. Originally, AHRI covered only the Air Conditioning industry. As you know, there are very strict standards and performance requirements for the Air Conditioning Industry. Seer Ratings and Performance data must be factual, accurate and verified.
The Heat Pump Industry is a new industry that was not governed or standardized by ANY group, institutes or standards. This meant that manufacturer’s could report any numbers they wanted to. There was no law or standard requiring them to perform standard tests or answer to any higher authority. So if a heat pump manufacturer reported that his unit is a 120,000 BTU unit, the next guy could simply state “Well mine is 130,000” – whether it was or not!
That’s not good news to the consumer – that’s you! You were basically being asked to “trust” the numbers that manufacturer’s decided to publish. The news for consumers has now changed to GOOD NEWS! Why? Because the heat pump industry has now fallen under the wing of AHRI, and AHRI strictly monitors the data reported on heat pump manufacturers. They not only monitor and verify the data, they actually perform the test on units for ALMOST all the heat pump manufacturer’s.
ALMOST ALL MANUFACTURER’S ARE VERIFIED BY AHRI? WHY NOT ALL OF THEM?
What a great question. Here’s why MOST do, but some choose not to.
Quality manufacturers WANT to submit to the verification and testing. It let’s you know that they are honest in the numbers and data and performance information they are telling you. It lets you know they’re not afraid to submit to rigid standards and tests and EARN your trust in their performance and reliability. At this point, this testing is not REQUIRED BY LAW. If a company gets tested , they want you to know that they are telling you the truth to gain your confidence in their product.
Who DOESN’T want to submit to the standards? Why wouldn’t they want to gain my trust?’
Why do you think? There can be several reasons. Perhaps the numbers they are reporting are inaccurate or greatly inflated. Without the verification, a manufacturer can print any numbers they want to in their literature, advertising, or on their website. Their salesperson may and tell you a unit is giving you 130,000 BTUs and if you don’t do some research or ask for their AHRI certification, that manufacturer hopes that you will take his word for it, and not look this information up. He’s hoping you WON’T DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
Also, submitting to the standardized testing program through AHRI costs the manufacturer money. It’s a nominal fee and that is the cost per heater.
So that – any unit you want verified by AHRI testing standards, meaning all model sizes and versions, for example, 3 phase or heat and cool, etc. You must cover the testing fee each individual model that the manufacturer wants AHRI 1160 Certified, a true “Gold Star” of accuracy and results.
Why else wouldn’t they want to submit to the AHRI Standards? What other risk does the manufacturer face in having their units tested?
The unit could also fail! The manufacturer must address the matter by either going back to the lab to make revisions to the unit and put further capital into developing the unit. Or will simply discontinue the “failed’ unit, a unit which falls short of the AHRI performance standards.
By NOT testing the unit the Manufacturer can simply bypass the expense, risk of having failed units and having to spend more OR take that particular model off the market altogether. And because the AHRI standard is not required, a lesser quality unit would rather avoid the strict scrutiny of AHRI.
Bottom Line: Real Manufacturers Have Their Units AHRI Certified.
While making your decisions about the purchase of a brand new heat pump to heat your pool, it only makes good sense to consider Heat Pumps that are AHRI 1160 Certified and can produce the Certificate with that units exact model name and number.
AHRI Information is Available to You Online
You can access the AHRI certification yourself on their website and look at all the data, performance test results and all detailed specs directly at the AHRI website.
If you’d like to visit this page and research the units you’re considering, click here!
What Does AHRI Test For? What Are the Tests?
When investigating various heat pump models, the first two things everyone wants to know are, “What are the BTUs and COPs?” These specs, BTUs and COPs are derived by “testing” the heater’s performance based on various temperatures and achieving a specific water/pool temperature of 80 degrees.
The heat pump is required to perform under certain weather and temp conditions. Test 1, the number most people are familiar with, or size by tests a heat pump under these conditions: the heater is tested in an 80 degree, outside air temperature. The humidity is set at 80% and the heater then performs to reach 80 degrees pool water temperature. When it does, BTUs and COPs are then recorded as, for example, 110,000 BTUs and a 6.4 COP. This is the number MOST people refer to when discussing heater size. This test however is not an AHRI test number.This is what’s known as the “80/80/80” test.
AHRI wants performance data based on COLDER temperatures and LOWER humidty,
two things that help make the heater run.
AHRI 1160 Tests the unit in an 80 degree environment, but drops the humidity to 63% – requiring the heat pump to work harder at gaining pool heat. The unit must then achieve 80 degree pool water. In that environment, and at that pool temp, BTUs and COPs are reported again.
Fortunately, a heat pump is one of the most cost effective and affordable ways to heat your pool. To run the heat pump year round at a temperature of 85 degrees, on average, costs around $1000 for the entire year. Add a pool blanket and you can cut the cost more than half. These are average and general costs – to determine your usage and costs, there are sizing and cost guides. A GulfStream representative can also give you more detailed information based on your pool’s unique information and the cost of electricity in your area.