Pool Heating

pool heating

Pool Heating

 Pool heating, a heated swimming pool lets you enjoy swimming regardless of the weather. Family and friends can use your heated swimming pool all year round.

Installing a heat pump or solar panels to heat your swimming pool is the right way to go. Both pool heating options are ideal for heating a swimming pool.

Rhino Pools installs heat pumpssolar heating panels and BADU solar pump systems in the Ballito, Umhlanga and Durban areas.

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Heat Pumps

A swimming pool heat pump is the only guaranteed way to heat a swimming pool.  With the correctly matched heat pump to pool size combination, swimming can be enjoyed all year round.

Heat pumps are extremely reliable and have an average lifespan of approximately 15 years (with regular maintenance). With the correct heat pump size & type your swimming pool will be heated to a comfortable 35° degrees (or more) all year round.

Good quality pool heat pumps have a titanium heat exchanger to minimize corrosion, this being the heart of the pool heating system. Chlorine and salt especially are extremely corrosive and can easily wear down this vital part of the pool heating system from titanium, a very hard and durable material.

Heat pumps are self-regulating and energy efficient making them cost-effective to operate. The low running costs, long lifespan and high swimmer comfort level provided by a heat pump make it a worthwhile investment.

Rhino Pools preferred brand of heat pump is EZE swimming pool heat pumps. EZE heat pumps come with an excellent warranty and the after-sales service is superb.

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Solar Heating Panels

A swimming pool solar heating panel is made up of a series of thin black tubes running parallel to one another with header pipes at opposite ends where the thin tubes congregate.

Solar pool heating panels are connected in series and should be installed in direct sunlight in order to get maximum efficiency when heating one’s pool. The minimum coverage needed to raise the temperature of any pool is 60% of the total surface area of the swimming pool. Anything less than 60% coverage will result in no temperature increase whatsoever whereas more than 60% coverage will drastically improve the heating capability of the solar panels and therefore the water temperature will be greatly increased.

A solar pool blanket is vital in retaining the increased water temperature as the solar panels rely entirely on the strength and availability of sunlight to heat the water, therefore, the solar blanket is necessary to maintain the required temperature.

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With the BADU Solar System, swimming pool and pond owners can say goodbye to high electricity bills and load shedding interfering with their pool’s maintenance schedule.

The African sun and excellent weather conditions we have here in South Africa are ideal for solar powered technology. Most areas receive an average of almost 9 hours of sunlight per day, which is more than enough to run a swimming pool or pond pump. Therefore, installing a PhotoVoltaic (PV) BADU® solar system will allow your swimming  pool pump to run 365 days a year!

The BADU® solar system makes use of 315W solar panels with a current supply of 338 volts and a booster to generate DC power from the sun. Through the controller box, AC power is converted directly to the pump. Most solar pumps on the market today run on DC power and can generally not provide the output performance of a normal AC pump.

How the BADU Solar System works

The BADU Solar System® functions solely on power generated through sunlight. Sunlight shines onto the solar panel, creating DC electricity. From here, the electricity flows from the panels through a booster to the controller box where it gets converted to AC electricity, which is the same type of power supplied by a power grid.

When installed, the solar panels are installed in rows. If you are in the Southern hemisphere, the panels should face true North, and if you are in the Northern hemisphere it should face true

South. To generate the best possible power, the panels need to be tilted the same angle as your property’s latitude, for example: Cape Town is 33˚, Durban is 29˚, JHB is 26˚ and Pretoria is 25˚.

Our panels are installed with boosters to increase the amount of electricity generated, making our system more economical with fewer panels covering your roof.

The BADU Solar System® can run solely on solar power, or in conjunction with power from the grid, which is great news for Koi enthusiasts. The BADU Solar System® is designed to use solar power first and then to top up with what is required, if at all, from the grid. Thanks to this innovative design, you too can convert your existing Speck Pumps pump to a solar powered system which will enable you to save on your electricity bill.

Another feature of the BADU Solar System® is that you can link to the controller software to your computer or smart phone, allowing you to monitor it from anywhere. This way, you can ensure that it is working, you can keep track of its performance stats and change settings, which makes running your pump remotely, safe and easy.

Special Features
  • Compatible with any Speck Pumps pump up to 1.10kW in size.
  • Output performance of a normal AC pump.
  • Dual power usage capability.
  • Control remotely via smart phone or computer for a convenient user experience.
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