Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How Much Should I Pay For a Swimming Pool Heat Pump?

There is so much information available for us once we decide to purchase a pool heat pump. There are many different aspects that need to be considered and will in the end have a direct impact on how much you should expect to pay initially and in the long run, we will go over some of these factors in this blog.

Initial costs

The biggest investment on a swimming pool heat pump would be the initial cost. Even though the operating costs of heat pumps are lower, many consumers decide against them because of the initial investment. Specifically, most heat pumps are available for purchase for between $2,000 and $5,000, depending on factors like swimming pool size. And to install your heat pump, you will need to hire a licensed swimming pool contractor, who will charge for labor and parts.

Operating costs

Heating costs vary with each swimming pool. The size of the swimming pool, the heating source, the desired temperature, the cost of electricity, and the outdoor environment will all affect your heating costs. In fact, heating costs vary so much that many companies are hesitant to provide specific numbers to their customers.

Heat pumps generally cost very little to operate because they are very energy-efficient. In fact, some consumers spend as little as $2 per day to heat their swimming pools. If you utilize a solar cover, you can usually heat your swimming pool for between $100 and $400 per swimming season. If you choose not to utilize a solar cover, you can expect to spend between $800 and $1,000 per swimming season. For specific numbers, you can take advantage of AquaCal’s free online heat pump cost estimator.

Maintenance costs

In order to optimize the efficiency and maximize the lifespan of your heat pump, you should hire a licensed heat pump professional to perform annual maintenance checks. AquaCal, specifically, offers a 20-point planned maintenance and safety check for Florida residents for $99.00. To learn more about this program, click here.

Repair costs

Like operating costs, repair costs of heat pumps vary greatly. Different manufacturers sell different warranties with their heat pumps. So, while one type of repair may be covered under one manufacturer’s warranty, it may not be covered under another’s. And, different manufacturers offer warranties that expire after different lengths of time. Some warranties are only good for one year, while others are good for ten years.

Heat pump repair costs can fall anywhere between $100 and $1,000. By regularly maintaining your heat pump, you can minimize your repair costs.

So there are four costs you should know about before you purchase a swimming pool heat pump. You should also research heat pump brands, warranties, and installation companies in order to ensure that you receive the most value for your money. Do you have any questions or comments about purchasing a heat pump? Leave us a comment below!

Tracey 8/19/2014