New Pool Heater Uses Heat From Air Conditioner; Heats Pool For Free & Cuts Air Conditioning Costs

HotSpot Energy has released a new type of pool heater that recycles heat recovered from an existing air conditioner and uses it for free pool heating. At the same time, the system reduces the energy consumption of the air conditioner by up to 40%.
By: John Burris
July 17, 2011 - PRLog -- Swimming pool owners now have a new pool heating option, a pool heater that uses waste heat reclaimed from a standard air conditioner to heat a swimming pool, According to HotSpot Energy, a Chesapeake, Virginia manufacturer of heat recovery systems. The new pool heater connects to an existing air conditioner where it recovers the heat that is normally thrown away and uses it for free pool heating.  The system can recover more than 1,000,000 BTUs per day in free energy. The details are available at

In addition to free pool heating, when the HotSpot pool heating system is active it reduces the electrical draw of the air conditioner, saving up to 40% on air conditioning costs while nearly silencing the outdoor air conditioning condenser unit. According to HotSpot, the air conditioning electrical savings gives their heat recovery pool heater a strong advantage over solar pool heating, and when compared to a heat pump pool heater, the energy saving HotSpot pool heater offers a full payback in less than two swimming seasons.

The new pool heater is a truly unique product, it's the first and only heat recovery pool heater currently available on a commercial basis. The HotSpot pool heater employs a special set-point controller to keep the pool at the desired temperature and uses a titanium heat exchanger to withstand the salts and chemicals found in pool water. According to HotSpot, the entire system is pre-configured and can be installed in one day by a single technician.

Particularly useful for pool owners in southern climates, the HotSpot pool heater allows a user to extend their pool season to match their air conditioning season with no energy costs. According to industry statistics, it can cost between one and two thousand dollars per year to keep a pool at a comfortable temperature during the swimming season. That’s mainly because the thermodynamic cooling effect of evaporation causes pool heat to transfer from the water to the air, cooling a pool even on a hot day. Even in sunny southern locations like Miami, Florida, pool owners use pool heating systems year-round to heat their pools.

Many pool owners invest in solar pool heating systems to avoid the high annual energy costs of heating a pool using a natural gas or electric pool heater. But many pool owners cannot successfully use solar pool heating for various reasons including roof orientation, shading, property owner’s association rules, etc. According to HotSpot spokesperson Dan Diver, “Pool heating with gas or electric can be too costly for some people, and there are many pool owners who would like to use solar, but can’t, so they get limited use of their pool. Now they have a new option for cost-free pool heating”.

According to the company website located at, the heat recovery pool heater is called the FPH, a simple acronym for “Free Pool Heating”. The company says the estimated installed system cost of the FPH pool heater is about the same or a little less than a solar pool heating system.  “It’s a niche product, but this pool heater does a couple of things solar can’t do, like lower your air conditioners electrical consumption by up to 40%. And since heat recovery pool heating doesn’t depend on the sun, it works rain or shine, day or night” said Diver.

HotSpot Energy is a developer and manufacturer of refrigerant heat recovery systems and produces after-market heat recovery water heating systems as well as air conditioners with heat recovery built into the unit. A listing of HotSpot heat recovery products is located here

Heat recovery products make free hot water from recovered heat in both commercial and residential applications. In addition to the obvious financial savings and quick payback, using a heat recovery system can lower harmful emissions, reduce our carbon footprint, and lessen our reliance upon imported energy.

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