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Slatted pool covers are particularly effective at retaining heat in the pool

Due to growing demand, the Evo Fusion range will now include 22kW and 26kW models. “The Fusion series is our entry level heat pump, ideal for recreational pool owners seeking heating with minimal costs,” he says. “A prototype is currently in production and is expected to be available in the coming months.”

Innovations in gas

Pentair Aquatics product manager Robert Sterland says there are several factors that make gas heaters an efficient and cost-effective pool heating solution for pool owners. “Firstly, our MasterTemp gas heaters use pre-mix forced induction technology, as this ensures a perfect air-fuel mixture for guaranteed clean and efficient combustion,” he says. “This compares with old, atmospheric heaters which are often inefficient and high in noxious emissions like the carbon monoxide. “Secondly, Pentair’s MasterTemp heaters heat the water up quickly, which makes them a truly on-demand heater, so you’re not wasting energy heating the pool or spa when it’s not needed. Also, we use a hot-surface igniter, so there is no pilot light, no wasted gas at all when the heater is not in use and generally safer overall.” Sterland says UltraTemp heat pumps incorporate design features that stretch the efficiency as far as possible. 38 SPLASH! June/July 2019

“All of our heat pumps have a COP above 6 at 24°C,” he says. “This means the heat pump is putting six times as much heat energy into the pool as it is using in electrical energy – that’s 600 per cent efficient you could say. We achieve this level efficiency using the best parts available including threaded titanium heat exchangers, electronic expansion valves, hydrophilic condensers and high efficiency compressors.”

Latest smart renewable solutions

Right across Australia, energy costs are rising. According to the Grattan Institute, electricity prices rose across the National Energy Market between 2015 and 2017 by an average 130 per cent. Gas prices are on the increase too – the Department of the Environment and Energy says that, in the 10 years to 2017, residential gas prices rose 50 per cent from 2c/MJ to 3c/MJ. Supreme Heating director Colin Mauger says there is a degree of uncertainty around electricity generation and the use of natural gas as the government aims to meet its Paris Agreement emission reduction targets. “In such a climate, we believe builders and pool owners have a responsibility to make sure their pools are heated in a sustainable way,” he says.

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SPLASH June-July 2019  

SPLASH! is the leading trade publication for the Australasian “wet industry”, incorporating the swimming pool, spa and aquatics industries....

SPLASH June-July 2019  

SPLASH! is the leading trade publication for the Australasian “wet industry”, incorporating the swimming pool, spa and aquatics industries....