1. Reduce Running costs-
Major energy saving 2. Help protect against mechanical damage 3. Allow pipes to expand and contract inside a protective
sleeve 4. Get energy savings 24/7 5. Quick payback 6. Ever rising Fuel costs means that this investment
will give increasing savings
7. Flame retardant 40mm thick 8. All standard pool pipe sizes 1½inch/50mm 2inch/63mm
2½ inch/75mm 3 inch/90mm & 4inch/110mm 9. Full range of pipe fitting covers, skimmer & main
drain Thermal sleeves
Most swimming pool pipes are installed in the loose backfill around the
pool, ground temperature around the pipes does not rise because this is
often pea shingle that allows water to migrate along the pipe runs, this
stops the temperature rising and maintains the significant temperature
differential. In many cases the main drain pipe work is in continuously
flooded ground. Even in the summer.
Further to this the fact of putting a pool in the ground causes a sort
of dam across the garden this makes the natural water movement go along
the length and round the sides of the pool or down underneath and up the
other side to go on where it originally went to, this route is often where
the pipes have been installed and cools them down.
It was noticed that ground
source heat pump’s pick up approximately 20 watts per meter that is using
1.25 inch pipes these have a thick wall and operate with a much smaller
temperature differential, but pool pipes are thinner wall and have larger
diameter and there is a much higher temperature differential this equates
to significant heat losses.
Heat losses are different on every site;
in summer dry sandy soil will lose 8 watts per meter but: Wet surrounded pipes with ground water movement could have losses
up to 100 watts per meter that is approx 7 KWH (7 kilowatts every hour)
all the time the pump is on.
The average pool has 70mts of pipe in the ground and if we are saying
a modest 40 watts per meter that is 2.8 KWH every hour
If pool is on 8 hours per day that is equal to 22 KWH per day but often
the pump is on 24/7 this could be 67 KWH per Day This is the same as the output of a 5 panel solar system that
would cost 7 times as much as just insulating the pipes.
That is with a loss of 40watts per meter in many cases this can be a lot
With Pool walls now being insulated it is even more important as the ground
around the pool gains very little heat
And therefore a larger temperature differential increasing the effectiveness
of any insulation.
Who are the Winners?
The contractor - Able to offer with Thermal saving and
and mechanical protection to the pipe “easy to fit”
The retail customer -
Major energy saving day and night, easy to install on a new pool. Quicker
heat up = lower fuel bills, works with any heating system, fastest energy
saving payback on a new pool, future generations, major carbon reduction.
Insulation Material - 40mm thick Flame Retardant Expanded Polystyrene
Water absorption <=10%
Average Dry U value 0.82W/m2K
If totally saturated U value will be reduced by 40% Important: Use water sealed version below the water table.