FAQ - Energy Efficiency
At what temperature should my pool heater’s thermostat be set to help conserve energy?
The American Red Cross suggests that 78º is the most healthful swimming temperature. By setting the thermostat to 78º, you will also be conserving energy.
How do I know if there is enough solar energy in my area to heat my pool?
Studies have shown that there is enough solar energy in all parts of the United States and into Canada for you to enjoy a longer swim season with a solar pool heater.
How will energy-efficient products make a difference in my backyard and my power bill?
Depending on the size of your pool, filtration equipment, and heating requirements, your energy driven equipment may operate up to 12 hours per day to properly circulate your water for effective filtration. A small increase in efficiency can yield larger savings later; therefore, the right pool equipment is essential to your power bill. Whether you're building a new pool or replacing existing equipment, your equipment selection can save you a significant amount of money in the long run.
Once I have my new energy efficient equipment, what other steps can I take to ensure maximum energy efficiency?
- Invest in a pool controller or timer.
- Use a pool cover or thermal blanket on your pool when it's not in use. Evaporation accounts for 70% of heat loss from your pool.
- Add wind breaks to your pool. (A 7-mph wind at the surface of a pool can increase energy consumption 300%!)
- Set your pool water's temperature between 78° for most applications.
- Maintain top operating condition of your pump, filter, and heater.
- Maintain proper water chemistry.
What would my annual savings be if I select a variable speed pump?
Depending upon utility rates, pool characteristics, and equipment selected, your savings can be significant. It is possible to recoup the premium cost of an upgrade from standard equipment to energy efficient equipment in the first year of operation. For example, a system featuring an energy efficient high performance pump, D.E. filtration, and an induced draft high efficient heater can deliver a savings of over $900 annually compared to a standard equipment setup.
When is the best time to run my pool’s filtration system?
The best time to run the pool’s filtration system is during off-peak hours when electricity demand is lower – typically between 8pm-10am.