With summer at full peak and your pool at maximum sun exposure, many pool owners in the Lowcountry experience uncomfortable pool water temperatures; some even to the point where their pool becomes nearly unusable.
While most people who have pools think about keeping their pool warm & usable in the cooler months in Charleston, the reverse scenario of keeping their pool cool in the summertime is somewhat overlooked and causes just as much frustration for swimming fanatics.
That said, pool owners have employed a variety of ways of keeping their pool cool in the summer months. Some of these ways include adding shade over their pools, adding water and/or aeration/fountains, running the pool pump at night, misting bars and even large fans.
However the most reliable way pool owners in Charleston, Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Mt Pleasant, Sullivans Island, Seabrook Island and other areas of the Lowcountry have had with consistently keeping their pool cool has been by using and maintaining/repairing “pool chillers” or swimming pool heat pumps.
Though most people think “pool heating” when it comes to swimming pool heat pumps, don’t let the word “heat” confuse you into thinking these only can heat your pool’s water. Many swimming pool heat pumps have a reverse cyle for cooling pool water when it reaches a certain temperature, allowing you to maintain specific water temperatures year-round.
There are many different makes, models and operating configurations of swimming pool heat pumps, with some of the more popular manufacturers including: Oasis Platinum, AquaCal, RayPak, Rheem, Hayward, PentAir and more.
Similar to HVAC heat pumps that keep your air cool & conditioned in your home, swimming pool heat pumps circulate water through its system, draw the heat out of the water and return it to your pool at a cooler temperature.
As mentioned above, there are many different manufacturers of pool heat pumps and chillers, each with their own proprietary features that cool pool water for you so with a little research you can understand which make/model is best for your particular pool.
What many people here in Charleston may not realize (especially new homeowners), is that the swimming pool heater that they have may, in fact, have reverse operation to cool their pool. If you’re unsure about your pool heater, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll help you determine the operational features of your particular model.
As with any other mechanical device, like your home’s air conditioning system, proper maintenance and regular checkups of your swimming pool heater will help extend its lifespan, reduce emergency repair work and keep it running at peak efficiency, so be sure you have a trusted, local swimming pool heat pump company that can keep your pool comfortable all year-round.