Heatstar – 35 Years Of Innovation
Launched in 1983, the E200 ‘combined system’ marked a significant milestone in the evolution of swimming pool climate control systems
Heatstar, the specialist British manufacturer of heat recovery and humidity control systems for swimming pools, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. A significant milestone for any company and an opportunity to look back at how it started, how it developed and where it goes from here
eatstar have pioneered the innovative design and development of modern highly energy efficient climate control systems and continue to be a renowned market leader in this field. The history of Heatstar over the last 35 years is the history and development of climate control systems in the UK.
HEATSTAR – A TRADITION OF INNOVATION Heatstar’s tradition of innovation can be traced right back to its founder Tony Andrews – the father of Heatstar Director Jackie Scott. The company was always an innovator creating much needed new products for the UK pool industry – many of which were genuine industry ‘firsts’ which arguably laid the foundations for today’s climate control systems. The new products and innovations designed and manufactured by Heatstar over the last 35 years collectively have taken climate control systems into ground-breaking levels of energy efficiency which are the envy of many industries. The heat pump as a heating method for swimming pools was particularly pioneered in the 1970’s by Tony Andrews. His involvement was in response to increased energy awareness resulting from the 1973 oil crisis. Tony was previously chief design engineer at a large air conditioning manufacturing company where he was latterly responsible for creating fresh air and ground source heat pump design concepts
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for general heating applications. He possessed the vision to appreciate the potential future market for energy saving products that could literally ‘produce heat out of thin air’ and also possessed the expertise to design and produce a successful product. Tony, subsequently started his own business venture, designing the first fresh air source heat pumps for dedicated application on a swimming pool. Heatstar was chosen as an appropriate name under which to market these early units and the Heatstar ‘brand’ was created Tony then expanded the company’s products to create swimming pool dehumidifiers, initially small, simple models which were mounted upon the pool room wall. Progressively, through the latter part of the 1970’s, these dehumidification products rapidly evolved and developed to encompass heat recovery to pool water and ducted air distribution. A significant proportion of these early units are still in successful operation today.
THE HEATSTAR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT TIMELINE
The Heatstar product brochure from 1978
1980: The Heatstar brand name was formerly incorporated as a company in its own right. 1983: E200 combined heat pump – dehumidifier. Launched in 1983, the E200 ‘combined system’ marked a significant milestone in the evolution of swimming pool climate control systems, being the first product to offer ‘Total Environmental Control’ from
a single, easily installed, unit. 1987: Completion of a new, purpose built Heatstar factory at Newport on the Isle of Wight. 1988: ‘Packaged’ Environmental Control units. Launched in 1988, the E205 and E207 systems were added to the E200 to offer a full range of ‘packaged’ environmental control units. The E205 incorporated LPHW pool water heat exchanger and air heating coil, complete with motorised heating control valves. The E207 incorporated electric resistance heating for air and pool water heating. The concept of the ‘packaged’ unit made on site installation much easier, neater and removed any potential for error. The concept of the packaged unit is still utilised today and is now accepted as the norm. 1989: Andromeda ‘flexible’ Environmental Control unit. Launched in 1989, the Andromeda concept is still utilised today. The Andromeda was a packaged unit, but with the added benefits of the flexibility of a multitude of different positions for the supply air discharge and likewise for the position of the control panel, pipes and maintenance access. 1991: Following a long battle with cancer, this year marked the untimely death of Tony Andrews. 1993: Heatstar Orion introduced. The Orion was launched as a direct response to the restrictions contained in new electrical regulations and offered an alternative and convenient approach to dehumidification. The Orion is plant room based and uses a system of flexible ducting to draw and supply air from and to the pool room. 1994: Heatstar Taurus introduced. The high capacity Taurus type units were introduced as a natural progression for the
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Published on Aug 1, 2015
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