Evoheat Heat Pumps The Prime Choice for Mexican-inspired Noosa Blue Resort
There are some instances, in both domestic and commercial circumstances, when solar pool heating is unsuitable. While gas and electric heating are options, it seems that heat pumps are the popular choice in warmer regions. Pool+Spa looks at three recently completed projects and how pool heating was integrated to provide suitable swimming temperatures, all year round.
Noosa Blue, located in the Noosa Hills, just metres from Noosa Main Beach, is a unique resort built with inspiration from Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta.
The resort required a heating solution for its main pool, small pool and spa as the existing LPG heaters were non-operational. The heating system was required to maintain a 28° water temperature most of the year, with no covers used on the pools.
The system also needed to be the most cost-effective option to operate and maintain without disturbing the ambience of the resort. Tony Mills from EVO Industries Australia replaced the existing LPG gas heaters, which were non-operational and had proven to be costly to run and service, with EVO Heat Pumps.
“Resorts of a certain standard want to be able to offer guests a heated pool for 12 months of the year. Solar will not achieve 12 months at desired temperatures and electric element and gas heaters have much higher running costs and some reliability and longevity issues,” said Mills.
“Noosa Blue’s main goal was to achieve the most cost-effective option to operate and maintain their pools at the desired temperature of 28° for 12 months of the year.
“It was also imperative to ensure the pool heating equipment was neither seen nor heard by the resort guests, so as not to disturb the serenity of the resort environment.
“To achieve these requirements it was necessary to install the EVO Heat Pumps in an area adjoining the resort’s underground car park – a difficult but not impossible task.
“EVO was able to review the possible heating options via computer modelling and confirm that the EVO CS135 and DHP 603-R model options were by far the most reliable and cost-effective solution. The existing LPG heating systems were operating at a cost to the resort of $81,529 per year, whereas the EVO Heat Pumps would operate at an estimated annual cost of $19,747, offering savings of approximately $61,700 pa and projected savings exceeding $571,000 over a 10-year period.
“Simply put, heat pumps use energy taken from the air and transfer it to the pool via a heat exchanger. EVO Heat Pumps offer industry-leading efficiencies exceeding 500% with substantially lower operating costs than any other on-demand pool heating system. With every EVOHEAT installation, a complete staff training session is provided in the operation of the heater together with a comprehensive 7-days-a-week support program,” said Mills.
Noosa Blue Resort achieved dramatic reductions in its heating costs by removing the costly LPG heating systems and refitting the resort with energy-efficient heat pumps. The return on investment was such that the supply and installation cost was repaid in less than 12 months. In the meantime, guests can enjoy a warm dip in the pool at any time of year.
“The life expectancy of an EVO Heat Pump exceeds 15 years. An annual programmed maintenance schedule contract provides a complete check of all components and settings to ensure the heaters operate at maximum efficiencies.
“There is no doubt that a resort pool that is not heated is not offering the services demanded by the travelling public. A resort pool that can be used for 12 months of the year offers clients a major part of the full suite of facilities demanded by today’s discerning traveller and adds value to the resorts offer, which is eventually reflected in the booking numbers,” added Mills.
This article was written by Rebecca Brennan and appeared in Pool + Spa magazine and their website on the 20th of May 2014. a Big thanks go out to Pool + Spa for their support.
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