Hidden truth about pool heat pumps in the USA

Be aware if you are going to use a national well known name brand heat pump that it might have been built in another country: as far away as China.

In the last couple years we’ve been noticing that some of the major names in swimming pool heat pump manufacturing industry have been outsourcing their production to countries like China and Mexico. Also many of the manufacturers have diversified into making other types of pool equipment and accessories for swimming pools that have nothing to do with heating. Some have diversified to the extent that they’re making hundreds of products like toys and don’t give priority to their heat pumps. We like manufacturers with a proven track history that only manufacture and support their swimming pool heat pumps. We like that all their attention is devoted to making their heat pump as reliable and efficient as possible and developing a dealer service network all over the USA. You don’t want to call China if you have a question about using your heat pump. We like to see the original engineer that they designed the machine still at the factory production line improving it every year and supervising the production.

We feel that in the heat pump world you should keep all your eggs are in one basket and then you will watch that basket very carefully to make sure you have the best product available.

We have been here from the beginning of this industry that started in the early 1980’s. We have seen everything and know who is doing their job and who is outsourcing their products to people who don’t have as much of a vested interest as an engineer with a big ego who won’t let anything or anybody get in the way of making the best product that they put their name on. Ask us what are considered the best pool heat pumps that are proudly build in the USA. We want to share.
Marcus Miller

I want to use my pool for as much of the year as possible. I live in  Massachusetts. Is a heat pump right for me?

I grew up in MA so I know your area well. In your state I like to heat from May first through as much of October as possible unless you have
too much of a falling leaf situation. Some of my heartier  customers start in April if they are having good weather. You need to have a heat
pump that will run when it is below 50F to make this happen. The nights and some of the days in spring and fall can still be a little nippy. I
have some heat pumps that will keep heating down to the lower 30’s. Ask me about them. If it is colder than the 30’s and you want to swim
outside then you are a polar bear and have my full respect, but I will need to get you a gas heater and a raw seal.

I live in Illinois and want to know how to prepare my heat pump for the winter?

Thank you for writing. The best thing to do if follow your manufacturers procedure that is in most owners manuals. If that isn’t an option then I would disconnect the water pipes and put a wet vac on each pipe on the heat pump and suck out any remaining water. Then squirt some recreational vehicle anti-freeze in the pipes as insurance. Then I would cover the heat pump with a tarp to keep the snow and leaves out. Don’t complete cover the heat pumps sides as then you make a small solar rodent vacation home for the winter. A better option is to buy a custom cut winter swimming pool heat pump cover from me that will be hand made for your model. they don’t get any better than that.

Example of question we receive frequently, Do Florida pools need a heat & Cool?

“Marc-

Thanks for all the info.  I’ve been looking at the Ultraquiet 130.  I really can’t understand why I would choose the “regular” vs the hot and cold version for a few hundred dollars more? I certainly don’t ever need to “chill” my pool but it seems that this also has an added defrost cabaility for heating at low ambient temperatures.  Can you help me?

Also, with the nearby factory, is there any chance to pickup from the factory and save a bit on freight?

I’m still a few weeks out from making a decision. I’m currently getting quotes on the electric line.

Thanks

Jerry”

 

Marc Miller’s response to this email:

“Hello Jerry,

People use the hot gas defrost (chiller option) in warm weather states like Florida, GA, MS, LA, Texas, California and Arizona in the winter if they want to keep heating down to freezing air temps. They get temperatures at night in the winter below 50 F. Most brands of pool heat pumps shut down at about 50F or so and that is fine for 90% of my customers. Some people get a 50% break of their electric rate at night and they run all night with a blanket on the water. Check if your utility has a program like that. I hope that helps and that I hear from you soon.

Marcus”

Multiple pool heat pump installation layout

Some installations require more than one pool heat pump. That is true with large pools and large aquaculture farms. Here is a diagram with a suggested piping for a multiple unit set up.

If you have any questions about your project that we can help you with, please send us an email at info@heatpumpsuppliers.com or give us a call at 1888 205 7766. We will be very happy to hear from you.

Spring (Pool) Cleaning: Your Pool Opening Checklist

Spring has sprung!  It is time for the pool opening season to begin for northern climates.  With that in mind you will need to take a good look at your pool.  Take your time and be sure to go over these steps while opening your pool for the season.

Step One: Surface Check
Take a walk around your pool, look for settling and cracks.

Step Two: Assess What’s Beneath the Cover
Remove your cover and check for debris, water color, and water level.

Step Three: Reconnect and Inspect the Equipment
Make sure the pump works, the filter works, and the heater. Test your outlet and check your electrical panel.

Step Four: Replace Pool Fittings
Check/replace fittings throughout the system.

Step Five: Test the Water
Test the alkalinity and pH balance of the pool water.

Step Six: Skimming and Vacuuming
Clear out anything that may have gotten into the water during the winter.

For more information visit Aqua Magazine.

DIY geothermal residential installation. How much can you do?

Installing a geothermal heating system is not rocket science. Most of the work can be done by the homeowner or hired out to a professional saving $20,000 to $60,000 and making the payback very fast especially considering the tax credits or local money that might be available from utilities. Everyone will want you to use a licenced electrician for safety and to preserve the warranty.

Most geothermal heat pumps are package units that are tested at the factory and are ready to run after hooking up the water pipes and power. Ditch work can be hired out. Most backhoes and trackhoes can be rented for $200.00 to $400.00 a day. An experienced operator are available.

Give us a call to talk about your ideas and we can help you plan your project.

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Aquaculture water heating and chilling, benefits. PROS and CONS

I love heating aquaculture and aquaponic farms with heat pumps. I have found that most applications can benefit from using heat pump technology over other methods like solar, gas or electric element heaters. Air to water, Water to water geothermal and air to air heat pumps are usually 4 to 6 X more efficient than propane or electric heaters and 2 to 3 times more efficient than natural gas. Also with heat pumps you have a titanium heat exchanger in contact with the water that has a lifetime warranty and can’t hurt fish. Many other types of heating methods use copper and that is poisonous to many fish and plant life.

Please call to let us know about your unique heating or chilling needs. Heat pumps are not always the best choice. Maybe 5% of the time we suggest other methods if we feel that you won’t benefit from heat pump technology. If you don’t have access to source water or ground area to bury pipes and if your climate is too cold for a traditional air to water heat pump we might point you in another direction. That is very rare though. 95% of our clients and friend see an immediate improvement in there heating costs and also the comfort and health of their aquacultural product.

Geothermal heat pump vs heat pump

I am asked often about whether a client should use a traditional air to air or air to water heat pump or if they should go in the Geothermal heat pump direction. There are many factors to consider when deciding what technology you should use to heat or cool your home, business, water park, hotel, swimming pool or aquaculture / aquaponic application. It is important to know what climate you are located in? Warm weather states or countries or cold climates?

The initial costs involved in geothermal can be more than a simple air source heat pump unless you are using an open loop system and you have water or an existing well available. If you are going to use a closed loop geothermal system then there will need to be pipe buried and that has to be taken into consideration. Every installation is different so I would be happy to have you run by me what conditions you have so we can plan a heating or chilling installation that will have the fastest payback and will give you or your customers the comfort and reliability that they need.