Raypak now offer three ranges of Heat Pump:
The Compact Series - Three models outputting 50k, 67k & 85k BTU/hr (at 80F air & water and 80% RH) available with analogue or digital controls.
The Classic Series - Three models outputting 95k, 117k & 133k BTU/hr (at 80F air & water and 80% RH) available with analogue or digital controls.
The Specialty Series – Eight models based on the two higher Classic models offering options like digital power defrost and cooling as well as heating. Three phase models are also available. Raypak say that this range is intended to offer features “not as commonly required”.
In terms of features, the Compact series do not have sound installation pads on the compressor nor internal bypass valving in the heater exchanger but other than that the basic features are the same.
A heat pump may cost more than a gas heater to buy but they are extremely efficient devices which can be 3 to 4 times cheaper to run than natural gas and 6 to 7 times cheaper than propane. They are not as powerful, so cannot heat a pool as quickly, so are ideal if you heat your pool constantly.
All these heat pumps are built to Raypak’s usual high standard to give “rock solid performance at an affordable price”. All versions feature a titanium heat exchanger, to withstand pool chemistry and corrosion and use a Spiral Rifled design to maximize the surface area.
The cabinet is a polyester coated rugged steel construction. There are large air coils (made by Raypak themselves) to maximize the heating capability at low temperatures.
The standard Raypak heat pumps run of a single phase power supply but will need their own circuit which will require an electrician but it should cost less than a gas heater to install.
You can opt for digital or analog controls. Both allow you to set a separate pool and spa temperature and are compatible with remote controls. The analog control has 6 LEDs which tell you what is going on whilst the digital control has on board diagnostics which can provide detailed information to the owner or pool technician. The Raypak documentation indicates that the digital version is superior but, strangely, the prices are similar.
If you are looking for a low cost, environmentally friendly way to heat your pool a heat pump is ideal. A Raypak heat pump is a great choice as it combines the latest technology with Raypak’s reliability at an attractive price. It should give you years of hassle free use of your pool.
These heat pumps are not as widely available as many pool heaters featured on this site but the compact and classic series can be found at Pools Inc.
Other Raypak Pool Heaters.