preface: Commercial pool owners can significantly reduce their energy bills by taking a few simple steps. Read on to find out the details.
Energy Efficiency in Commercial Pools
Most of the commercial pools installed in leisure complexes, hotels, and public spaces are concerned about energy consumption and for a good reason. The pools of old were not using the right technology that can result in great energy savings.
The majority of them had single or two-speed pumps. A pool pump is an essential component that circulates the water and works with a pool filter to keeps the water clean. These older pumps operated in a way that resulted in great energy wastages. The turnover rates and the flow rates that they offer are more than the requirements of health authorities, so they are effectively using energy they don’t need.
Single and two-speed pumps operated all day without ceasing. They were expensive to run. A new more energy efficient model emerged on the market and created a “greener” more eco-friendly environment. Namely, the variable speed pool pump.
Variable frequency pumps are not a new technology. Their potential has only in the last few years begun to be realized by most commercial pool owners.
In variable frequency pumps, the speed of the motor can be adjusted easily as required to maintain just the right pool conditions. These energy efficient pumps run at more precise speeds thereby resulting in greater energy efficiency.
Let’s suppose that a public pool needs to maintain a flow rate of 900 gallons per minute to conform to health safety regulations, and the old pumps ran at 1,200 gallons a minute. This means that the flow the pump is producing is 300 gallons per minute, more than required. If these enterprises can slow down the flow using a variable speed commercial pool pump, they can save on hourly electricity rates and that can add to large amount of savings each year.
Variable frequency pumps allow the ability to do just that. It allows for a more efficient way to power the pump and keep the desired pool conditions as compared to a standard pump. Private pool owners have been using them for over a decade. Models Like The Pentair Intelliflo 011018 have dramatically reduced electricity pools and have done away with an unnecessary expense. They are also kinder to the environment.
Solar Pool Heating
Other than installing a variable speed pump, some public pools are now experiencing great energy savings by choosing a solar pool heating system. It seems private pool owners have found the move easier or are just way ahead of the curve.
A solar pool heater can greatly reduce the overhead expenses of the pool installed in school, hotel, spa, or other leisure places. Solar solutions are offered for both indoor and outdoor pools. How good these systems will work in cold states is debatable, but these systems are now getting better in less sunny climates.
Lastly, energy savings in commercial pools can result from keeping the water at just the right temperature. The typical pool temperature in commercial pools ranges from 78ºF to 82ºF. Note that every one degree decrease in temperature results in cost savings in the range of 10% to 30%. To save cost it is therefore suggested that the temperature in commercial enterprises should be adjusted according to the weather conditions. Lowering the temperature during summers months and keeping them at the minimum 78ºF can result in greater savings and a reduced carbon footprint.