FAQ

How can I cut carbon emissions and heat my pool in a green manner?

By choosing the right equipment. A carefully selected heat pump, combined with one of the new-generation solar systems will provide a constant water temperature, with very low consumption of electricity – and lower electricity bills, into the bargain. And don’t forget the all-important heat-retaining cover for your pool, which can save as much as 80% of heat loss from the pool surface.  Pool shell insulation will also help reduce heat losses.

Are indoor pools more expensive to build and run?

Yes. The building costs are higher and, because of the need to keep the air in the pool building warm and de-humidified, there is also extra equipment. Against this must be balanced the fact that the pool can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 52 weeks of the year. During warm summer weather, there is little or no need to heat the pool hall.

What if there’s a water ban this year?

If there’s a hosepipe ban, you may still permitted to fill or top-up your swimming pool , but this may have to be with a bucket, rather than a hosepipe.  If there’s a drought order, your new pool can be filled during construction, but it can’t be topped up.  We have found that if the pool needs to be emptied for good reason, then the water suppliers may allow refilling, but it’s best to contact your water suppliers first. Additionally your SPATA contractor can advise on various ways in which water can be conserved.  Past experience shows that, with help, owners are still able to enjoy their pools when there are water restrictions.

Can I use solar panels to heat my pool?

Yes. However there will be a fluctuation of temperature due to the daily variation in solar energy. You should run the filter pump and therefore the solar panels from dawn to dusk to maximise the available energy. You should cover the pool at night to reduce heat losses and have a system that is controlled by differential temperature to prevent the panels acting as a radiator at night.  If you want to have a more regular temperature in the pool then combine the panels with another form of heating to keep the base temperature in the pool.

Is there a recommended temperature for an outdoor pool?

No. It depends on the swimmers – and how much you want to spend on the energy bill!  The cost of heating increases twofold every 5°F because the differential between the water and air temperatures increases. Most outdoor pools will get solar gain and most have a temperature of about 80°F or 27°C.  A floating cover on the pool at night will greatly reduce running costs and shell insulation will also be of assistance for outdoor pools and is now required for indoor pools.

Will I need planning permission for my swimming pool?

That depends. Outdoor pools, or those in a detached building for domestic family use, usually do not require the need for Planning Consent.  However, a pool in a listed building, or a conservation area will need Planning Consent. Indoor pools always require Building Regulations Consent – and so do some outdoor pools. So the best answer is:  contact your Local Authority Planning and Building Control Departments.

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