Pool pumps can consume enormous amounts of electricity. The pool pump of a typical backyard pool, if left running 24/7, could use more electricity over a year than all the other appliances in the house combined.
Timers should be installed to control the operation of the pool pump/filter. During high use periods, recommended pump running times range from 4-6 hours a day (i.e. summer), and in low use periods 2-3 hours a day (i.e. winter).
Contact a swimming pool manufacturer or pool technician for the most accurate advice on pool pump timers, heating systems, filtration times and temperature settings for the pool.
BASIX recognises the following types of pool and spa heating systems:
Solar heating is the most efficient way to heat a pool or spa. In multi-unit developments, the use of cogeneration heat for pool or spa heating will also score well.
Thermostats should be installed to ensure that pool and spa temperatures do not exceed the maximum set temperatures. The following table acts as a guide:
|Recommended setting||20-24 °C||28-32 °C|
|Maximum setting||26 °C||38 °C|